Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Prism

When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need. ~Ellen Goodman

Head in hands, he sat mute, staring at the depths of the waiting room floor. How did he find himself at the courthouse? How had it gotten to this point? He shared of his family and how his wife was trying to keep him from his little girl. Oh how he desired to see her. Today a judge would decide.

His mother sat next to him. Her despair written on her face. Her maternal instincts set on preservation of this shattered family. She wondered what would tear them apart. Who would be so vicious.

Their stories plucked my heart, playing a sorrowful dirge. Wishing them well, I roamed to another waiting room in search of my acquaintances.

Down the hall, another room with flickering florescent. The only colors contrasting the drab decor, purple and blue that painted her face. She sat crying. Her mother had accompanied her as well and tinkled the chin of a swaddled baby. Through her tears she told of nights filled with terror. Blows rained upon her fragile form and a desperate attempt at escape. Today a judge could grant that freedom.

The pitch of the music changed, my heart sick. What could I offer, in silence I pondered.

Each story, a reflection of the same light traveling through a prism. As I looked at each facet, the light changed to reflect the view of the story teller. Having only heard one, without looking through another, how my opinion would be different. Even my own lens of experience, changes the view.

Through what prism will you view?

18 comments:

Mrsupole said...

This is why eye witness accounts can be so varied. We all see life through our own prism. I just life in a rainbow of prisms. All the different colors shine through.

Thank you for showing the lives of others through their prisms.

God bless.

Baino said...

True there are often more than two sides to every story depending how far we wish to delve! I'm thankful I've never had to do jury duty . .for many years I was exempt being a single mum with kids under 18 but now . .my daughter faces that daunting task.

Rob said...

Good post.

subtorp77 said...

I'll often view in more than one way, at the same thing. Like seein gwhat you think is one thing, turns out to be quite something else, when viewed up close...

Leah said...

I worked in the Manhattan Family Court for a few years, and this post is very moodily telling. I know I'm being very literal-minded, but I couldn't help it!

Mariane said...

So true. In french we say that : "Il y a toujours deux côtés à une médaille" I think in english is that they are always two sides to every story.

Brian Miller said...

@subtorp...too true

@mariane..glad you translated that one.

@baino...seems it takes a lot of discernment to be a judge and know the number of lives that rest on your verdict.

Hard topic this week. Happy TT all!

Jaime said...

and that is why i avoid all things family law. i couldn't do it.

very nice post

VE said...

Brilliant. I liked your angle on the theme!

Wings said...

Wow. That was amazing! Great take on the theme, you made it your own. Awesome.

willow said...

I love how you expounded on prism for the mineral theme. Very witty, Brian.

Marianna said...

Such a great point of view.

It is true that searching for the truth is like looking though a kaleidoscope...so many aspects of the same image!

Take care
Peace and love
xoxo

Dakota Bear said...

Very interesting take on the theme.

Dot-Com said...

Great post. There often are two sides to a story, but we tend to decide too quickly which one is right and which is wrong, while they may indeed just be two different interpretations...

Megan said...

Deep one today, B. Well tied to the theme and yet totally other. Whew.

Patrice said...

Excellent piece of writing.

Ronda Laveen said...

This is so beautiful. I very much enjoy the way you write. You complete me. Until next TT...

tony said...

Its a good way of looking it....the light is thrown in every possible direction..........Good Post Sir!