The Way of the Broom

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

The Way of the Broom

lolowe

Rockaway Beach, United States

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

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