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What if… (Neon)

exit neon light signage

what if
after our very last breath
EXIT sign
lights up
and tells us
where to go
what if we want to go
in a different direction
what if there are
NO directions
what if
we are all asleep
right now
our current reality
into being
and life
is nothing more
than that


Photo:  Dustin Tramel


We always seem to think that everything is somewhere, but what if it’s not?  What if only certain people, driving down this road, get to where they planned on going.  The Bermuda Triangle and the Great Lakes spot, take people to other places, whether they want to go or not.  What if there are places like that all over the world.  What if they are just there, waiting for the right people.

Where do those disappeared people end up?  Why are some taken but not others?

Some people may think this road is beautiful.  It’s not to me.  No trees, just stripped and barren.  Cold, slick and boring. You would think that the road had to lead somewhere, but maybe it doesn’t, at least not all the time.  I think there’s a lot we don’t know.  A lot we take for granted.  Things people never talk about.

Hey, I’m just sayin’.

What if…

Soap Bubble, Color, Colorful, Iridescent

what if life is like a super highway of running colors and we just go with the flow mixing and bumping into different runnels not liking some hues but loving others only to be flung away from the peace and quiet of blue to find ourselves in flaming red sliding for our lives until we hit yellow and the sun comes out and pushes us in to the white of the sky which drops us onto the green we think of as grass and everyone stares at ebony as it swirls like the black holes we read about no one knowing what’s on the other end after pink is grabbed by the event horizon and swallowed by the rotating energy and is stretched into dust while space and time change places and there is no sound that we know of or maybe we just can’t hear it or recognize it and then orange bursts into being chased by gay and we see purples and colors for which we have no name and blobs and blotches drift by on their way to somewhere else as a brush dips into a stream of sparkling water and everyone sees a rainbow at the very same time

what if life is just like that

What if…

Photo Camera, Photography, Old, Retro, Film, Photo

what if cameras remember
everything they ever looked at
the people and places
the dogs and the cats

what if
there’s another way of KNOWING

what if
things don’t need a brain
or a computer chip
to remember

what if

remembers everything

What if…

Skull, Cemetery, Genoa, Teeth, Bone, Die

what if death isn’t the end
but the escape route
what if death is the best thing
that could ever happen to us
what if we’ve been taught
to fear or dread
when we should actually
be celebrating
and throwing parties
when it’s near
or when it happens
what if
when we get to the other side
if there IS an “other side”
and wonder why we stayed here
as long as we did

I’m hoping that’s true
so all the beings I loved so much
are having a great time
and eating chocolate cake

while I’m still here
serving time

What if…

Deer, Dream, Animal, Fantasy, Mythology

What if we really are the Matrix…nothing more than dots and numbers, code and clever programing?  What if that’s ALL we are.  What if Keanu Reeves can’t save us?  We don’t seem to be able to save ourselves, so maybe we need young hackers to figure things out.  It couldn’t hurt, right?  The reason those kids are hunted by governments all over the world, is because they can tell us the truth about what’s going on, not because of national security.  They’ll expose the lies.  Can you even imagine it?

If we are part of the Matrix, maybe the kids could figure out a way to screw up the programs of the 1%, so everyone else could finally catch a break and live.


What if…

What if we’re wrong about absolutely everything?

What if you’re good but Santa doesn’t stop by?

What if we all stopped doing what we were told to do?

What if we admitted that love has no real definition because we don’t know what it is?

What if government officials had to give their messages while wearing lie detectors monitored by regular people?

What if we stopped obeying arbitrary laws the government enacts for their own gain?

What if teachers were allowed to stop teaching lies?

What if instead of kids playing competitive sports they all wrote songs, painted pictures, and freed their innate creativity instead?

What if students decided which classes were taught in schools?

What if students could learn what they wanted to learn instead of what the government wants them to know.

What if girls were considered as important as boys…in the world?

What if women had rights?

What if religion just let Christmas be what it always was, a pagan celebration of the return of the light?

What if church didn’t own the state?

What if the bad guys were held accountable for their crimes?

What if people were ALLOWED to be happy?

What if the police worked to protect the people from the state instead of the other way around?

What if age didn’t make people invisible?

What if people stopped believing that having children was necessary?

What if violence disappeared from the media?

What if people knew what other people actually meant when they spoke?

What if life became more important than money?

What if we stopped saying life is good, or bad, and just said life IS?

What if artists used their art to make a difference?

What if people stopped trying to please others, instead of themselves?

What if we stopped bringing children into a world that’s dying, in so many ways?

What if we could trust each other?

What if we changed the way we lived so that people could be happy?

What if the cures for major diseases were not withheld because of greed?

What if people got enough rest?

What if our government stopped promoting unrest and hatred?

What if concerts and art exhibits were free, so that everyone could attend?

What if the class system was dismantled?

What if people cared about what others didn’t have?

What if…

What if…

What if there is no Yellow Brick Road?

What if humans can never be better than they are right now?

What if violence can never be eradicated?

What if there’s no such thing as peace?

What if we just use the word love to define things/feelings we don’t have any other words for?

What if Death is the best thing that can ever happen to us?

What if we stop pretending that we know what’s going on?

What if we admit that there is no justice or equality, just brutality and power?

What if we admit that the way white men have set up our culture is wrong and always has been?

What if everyone was heard?

What if we celebrated the creativity of all people?

What if we stopped teaching hate?

What if we redefined beauty?

What if we listened to older people instead of dismissing them?

What if there were no political parties and anyone could run for office?

What if rich white males were not allowed to have a say in government or anything else, for the same amount of time they have excluded everyone else?

What if men respected women?

What if there was shelter, food, and clean water for everyone?

What if we remade the world in a kinder and more inclusive way?

What if we stop making excuses for the way things are?

What if we took responsibility for the bad things that are happening and did something about them?

What if government officials made minimum wage?

What if we stopped telling ourselves that everything was going to be okay?

What if people stopped doing drugs?

What if the customer was always right?

What if the government couldn’t lie to us?

What if…


What if…

What if…there was trust in the world

What if…parents never had to bury their children

What if…labels and judgements disappeared

What if…everyone was respected for their special talent

What if…art was considered more important than everything else

What if…people listened to each other

What if…children could trust their parents

What if…competition was replaced by cooperation

What if…our differences were allowed to blossom

What if…there were no political parties and anyone could run for office

What if…care of the planet and everything that lived on it was our main focus

What if…everyone had enough to eat

What if…everyone had proper shelter

What if…there were no camps surrounded by barbed wire

What if…all children had clothing and toys

What if…education was free to anyone who wanted to learn

What if…no one had more than anyone else but everyone had a lot

What if…we all worked together as countries and individuals to answer the important questions

What if…there were no weapons

What if…there were no hateful people

What if…

What if…

Portrait, People, Darkness, Art

What if…we are more than we seem to be?

What if…when we kill other living beings, we are killing ourselves?

What if…other living beings are here to help us but our gigantic ego riddled brains, won’t allow us to see that?

What if…we admit that nothing is as it seems?

What if…we admit that we don’t know anything for sure?

What if…the people who are held down…are held down because they are the answer?

What if…white males had no power?

What if men had no power?

What if…the killing/violence stopped?

What if…kindness, instead of greed, was what we moved toward?

What if…we cared for the planet?

What if…hate didn’t exist?

What if…we cared enough about children to make the world a better place?

What if…equality existed

What if…


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