“I really feel the need to create an alternate world, a vision of what might be magical and beautiful and fantastic about being human.”
– Shary Boyle
The middle is a strange place.
The part between the before and the next.
Wouldn’t it be great to live in
and explore a world
where falling down a rabbit hole
leads to wonder,
or a single step
into lands unknown,
able to teleport you
to a universe of whimsy?
A universe of dreams,
where children play,
and the dark shadows of tall trees
are nothing more than hidden delights.
If it takes a single step,
then why not run,
and jump and twist and turn
as you seek that whimsy and wonder?
If that’s too much
then perhaps take a single step,
and then another,
and cross that fence and discover.
A child takes that single step,
his dwellings in a new world,
or at least a world that is new to him.
A place made from dreams and memories.
A place where it is okay
for nothing to make sense.
A place where freedom is infinite.
A dream or the existence of another realm may or may not be a reality, but who is to say which is which?
Untitled works from Dreamland, 2021.