East is West

September 2009

This poem was written to a brief for a Sojournposse's contribution to London Design Festival 2009. Photography by Sojournposse. Thanks to Salina for putting this together.

East is West

the future is
strange and syncretic
everything we have ever wished
anything we have ever hoped

the future is the present
the centre is everywhere
so wonder and wander
as far your mind will take you

to the edge of the stars
with the earth firmly under your feet

As east is west
as south is north
all directions are equal
you may be yourself
and you are your sequel

as changes rearrange
we exchange
a sense
of understanding
we connect

we become
something greater
than the sum of our parts
we are citizens of the future
of the billion possible futures

each as close as your next breath
as imminent as eye contact
as a split-second intuition
as a smile of recognition

from the 1 0 1 0 1
of someone
or something new
like you
and me
make
two

(two) halves make a whole
two hemispheres
make a mind
two minds are better than one

and with all the things we have seen
all the dreams we can dream
we have stranger dreams still yet to come