The Way of the Broom


The general act of sweeping is an artform, the swinging momentum, the suction felt when pulling back the air only to push forward. Pulling back this inexplicable need to keep hold of, or to conceal, in order to push it away from us. To sweep is the act of letting go. To move over. To make dissappear (or seem to), so for at least this moment, you don’t have to accept the fact that it was ever really there in the first place.

It’s about illusions. Acrid smoke and stealthy secretive mirrors. Everything remaining of ourselves, our sanctuaries, our souls are never really gone, just moved to another place. We can’t get rid of anything that was ever truly created. But we can forget what it once meant to us. And so to sweep is to numb. To require that what has been, is no longer of any importance. It is dust. Brittle, breaking dust. That’s all it ever was. And we created it. Every single particle of it.

Sometimes, it can be about clearing things away. Expelling all that has piled over. We pile over. We shed and grow and break open and shatter and we forget about the lives we had before each transformation. We just need the strength to see the ground below us, to remember that there were things we chose to empty ourselves of. We’re walking on the causes of each effect that created us. We don’t even know how many years have settled there, right under our feet. And so to sweep is to start over. And where we begin, must be in a place without the slightest trace of any past vacancy.

I wonder how the broom feels carrying such a burden? Realizing that it alone, will be forced to move the things that weigh us so? I wonder if those pieces of ourselves ever really removes itself from the bristles, or if all those fragments of us continue to mingle in the wood?

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Where does it go, when we’ve swept it all away?


life, hide, dust, broom, conceal, lolowe


  • markgb
    markgbover 4 years ago

    This is absolutely brilliant lolowe! Beautiful. …Beautiful.
    Every so often I read something that I only wish I had written, this is one of those!

  • That means so much to me! Thank you very much! It’s an idea I’ve had in my mind for months, and finally I was able to get it out. It needs some revision, but that will come gradually. I’m just happy it’s out of my head now!

    – lolowe

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    This is my last read tonight….and oh my what a revelation you give us.
    I am going to read this again in the morning. You have penned something that stirs the edges of me and I feel this sense of a big question being formed in me….with yes I need to have a broom on standby incase it is overwhelming.
    The irony you have swept into to this prose is superb…..definitely a stunning piece of literature…xx

  • Thank you very much! I wrote something like this called The Way of the Cup and I wanted to write a kind of series if you will. :) If you want you can take a look! Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment Arcadia.

    – lolowe

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    Okay..I have a new found respect for your just made this piece very good..I must admit I was skeptical to where your journey would lead but this was done nicely..I am thinking about where it all goes.

  • It’s a crazy thought process I know…but my mind at times, is a compilation of just really strange connections.

    I have to thank you for reading this. There are just some ideas that stay in my mind and won’t leave. This was one of them. Finally I’m able to get it out..maybe I could focus on other writings now.

    Where it all goes is where it all began for you. Wherever that may be.

    – lolowe

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    Where it all goes is where it all began for you. Wherever that may be….I love that…it made me smile.

  • I’m glad it did. :)

    If you liked this one, you could read this one I think I’ll make a series of thoughts like this. It would be an interesting project to undertake.

    – lolowe

  • I don’t know if the other link worked… sigh. ;)

    – lolowe

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...over 4 years ago

    This is excellent writing and a very thought provoking piece

  • Thank you so much Paul. I needed to get it out, it’s been stuck in my head for months! Look out for more (when they are written lol)

    – lolowe

  • missyjennyb
    missyjennybover 4 years ago

    wonderful deep thinking and personification, I love this descriptive muse. :)

  • Thank you Jennifer! If I’m going to immerse myself in the crazy wanderings of my mind, why not share it with all you talented people. <3

    – lolowe

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – lolowe

  • Ty Beach
    Ty Beachover 4 years ago

    I love this!

  • Thank you very much Tyger for reading and stopping by. <3

    – lolowe

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    I would love your work in VaVoom

  • Thank you Linaji! I’d love to be a part of your group. :)

    – lolowe

  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyover 4 years ago

    brilliant and beautifully written!!!

  • That is very kind of you Kevin. Thank you for reading this. :)

    – lolowe

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