Sunday, August 10, 2008

Point Of View

The late morning sun beaming over an industrial section of Santa Monica was held at bay by a lumbering wooden structure that encased, of all curious things, a tiny cafe. Diminutive it sat, among the warehouses sporting tin walls and steel underpinnings.

Israel and I entered briefly, purchasing a soft drink as down payment rights to the little table outside of the front window, whose once glossy pane was now filmed with a golden brown haze from years of fried foods being prepared a few feet away.

Blinking as we stepped onto the sidewalk, gulping in large gasps of fresh air after being subject to the staleness of meals long since eaten; then, gingerly seating ourselves, in preparation for a solid hour's wait.

The sidewalk held no particular width as sidewalks go. Thus, sharing the space with unusually placed parking meters tightened the walkway to a hairbreadth. Passersby turned themselves just so, to manuever the gap, while we nonchalantly ignored their presence when eye contact was not returned. The hustle and bustle of business and industry and deadlines and commitments written all over their face as we held time as our luxury.

Continued was the tension of surroundings, magnified, as my son pulled out his laptop and agenda notebook, scribbling notes to self in margins. Caught between the world of tomorrow and yesteryear, I sought to busy myself upon the baby's gentle succomb to sleep.

Solace was found in an old friend, that I'd neglected of late. We chatted of visual acuity and texture; of softness and subtle shades of light. We spoke of uniqueness of subjects, the composure of such in one frame. We spoke of potential to bend the mind's eye, causing the viewer to stop and wonder, "What exactly is it I'm looking at?"

Our conversation was rich, between my friend and I. Together we compiled a vantage or two, and determined to share.

Perhaps the reader will be transported to the little cafe, tucked away on a sidewalk, in an industrial section of town. Wondering all the while ~ "Is this out of place and time and continuium?"


Lori said...

Beautiful words. I felt while reading that I was there and after that I knew this place. Well done!


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