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Life is a game;
Or perhaps a dream?
Is the world I see
Not what it seems?

I feel like I’m on water;
My bed is a raft on the waves.
My body has become smaller
As my mind becomes space.

The world out there
Is no sweet fantasy;
I feel safer in my mind
Than in reality.

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I wrote various bits of the poem above on different nights. As I’ve mentioned in a journal I keep my iPhone next to my bed, and when I can’t sleep, I start typing musings into the ‘Notes’ application. Looking back at some of them, I thought they’d make one interesting poem when combined. It also made me think of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Many times in the past I’ve felt “bottled up” and still occasionally feel that way. The only difference now is that I come to understand why that may be, and use the reason as an outlet to open the bottle. As I think back on the scene in Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ where she is riding in the bottle she drank from, floating in her tears in her ‘dream world’, I come to question where the expression came from…

As a child I simply enjoyed, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a fairytale, but now I’m seeing something more deep within that tale – the feeling of being bottled up, drowning in our tears, wanting to escape from reality etc. And there are even some elements and themes more suited for adults (e.g. execution). And perhaps in ‘my world’ the three cards 2, 5, and 7, who painted the roses red, were sentenced to sea rather than beheaded…

All images and textures used are by me. To create this image I put the cards under a raised glass tray filled with water and placed the bottle in it. I set the camera on the timer and made waves in the water to make the cards look like they were drowning. I then took it into PhotoShop and inserted myself into the bottle while adding some textures. The overlay of my face was from one of my trial shots from A Box of Kisses

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Comments

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    The photo is beautifully composed and exemplifies exactly what you describe in the poem…lovely work MuiLing…

  • Thank you Janis. As I’ve just mentioned in my comment below, I had written the final piece before, but hadn’t shared it until today (Oct 27, 2012) because I didn’t have a visual for it yet. I wanted an image that would represent my words well so I’m very pleased you feel it does the job. As I was working on this image I didn’t expect we’d be having continuous days of heavy rain like today… funny coincidence.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Life is a game;
    Or perhaps a dream?
    Is the world I see
    Not what it seems?

    I feel like I’m on water;
    My bed is a raft on the waves.
    My body has become smaller
    As my mind becomes space.

    The world out there
    Is no sweet fantasy;
    I feel safer in my mind
    Than in reality.

    © Copyright Mui-Ling Teh. All rights reserved.

    I wrote various bits of the poem above on different nights. This piece was finalized Oct 19, 2012 – although I only shared it today because I didn’t have a visual representation of it yet.

  • Leslie  Hagen
    Leslie Hagenalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Mui-Ling. As always!

  • Vesna *
    Vesna *almost 2 years ago

    very deep thinking and exceptional visual presentation Mui-Ling
    honest and sensitive subject, I like this very, very much

  • Thank you Vesna xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 2 years ago

    wonderful!!!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl!!!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous image and words . . .

  • Many thank Hugh x

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 2 years ago

    love the image and the poem is great

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 2 years ago

    Need to be rescued?

  • Need less distractions and more time…

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...almost 2 years ago

    So beautiful Mui-Ling – both the work and the writing!

  • Thank you very much Pauline!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    great work

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