A crowded street in NYC. Photo by Kim Cline

“They were an aesthetic diversion to an otherwise shrinking viewscape that had left more than a few guests feeling extremely claustrophobic.” ~ Kim Cline.

We live in an age of diversion. When we are bored, we turn on a device and stream a movie. We watch the world from our smartphone. We handle life situations as if we are the stars of a reality television show, but we are not getting paid, and we do not have thousands of followers/fans on our social media sites (well, some of you have thousands of followers and some of you get paid).

We demand diversions and we have them at our fingertips. There is a question that is asked but rarely answered- “Is it bad to have diversions?” I don’t have an answer for that. I try to balance my life with “important” tasks followed by fun. After all, the weekend follows a crazy work week. But can we become obsessed with diversions? Probably! Definitely!!

Balance may be a key to handling diversion, but when there are endless movies and endless audio books, and you can have fast food delivered to your house so that you don’t have to turn on a stove – what is balance?  I guess the problem with diversions is what are we not seeing? What are we being diverted from?


The idea of spallation of the heart

I was reading through a physics book one night and came across the word “spallation.” Ha! I am married to a rocket scientist (truly) and he never mentioned this process to me. I began to read more on this subject and the result of that reading is the poem below. Survive is very personal to me and for me. In so many ways, words have been used against me to discredit things that I have, or have not done, and frankly… well, negative people will almost always be negative even if they are smiling when they say it. I choose light! It is the best way to walk without falling. KC.

Spallation is a process in which fragments of material (spall) are ejected from a body due to impact or stress (Wikipedia).

Google defines Spallation

noun: spallation
  1. 1.
    the breakup of a bombarded nucleus into several parts.
  2. 2.
    separation of fragments from the surface of a rock, especially by interaction with a compression wave.
Survive ~ Kim Cline2018
Talking of things you know not of
Using the expression “On the tip of the tongue”
Reality is captured
Like a caged, wild animal is contained but not tamed
Words used to express one’s superiority over another
Become the augmentation of air—whereas
Words hit their mark resulting
In spallation of the heart gain a critical advantage
Increasing power over the wild creature contained
But when the wild is loosed from its box
The power paradigm shifts
Overtakes and strips bare the contrived
Without a sword
Without a whim
Sheer will to express the deeply ingrained intuition