And They Told Me I Was Catholic

 

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(vvv photo not my creation vvv)

 

I was born in America,

Began driving at 18,

A year beyond the usual age of 17,

And somehow I missed the reasoning

Behind the pedestrian crossing sign 

In my 'Driver's Education' studies.

 

I passed the test with flying colors,

And never really gave it a thought

Because I knew what the sign meant,

And so I was able to abide by it,

Despite the fact 

That I really didn't understand it.

 

One day, I was in the passenger's seat

Of my sister's car, she was driving,

We passed a pedestrian crossing sign

And I said, "Why is that sign like that?

It never really made any sense to me."

I was about 28 years old by this time.

 

She says, "What do you mean?"

I said, "PED-Exing? Why does it say that?"

She said, "It stands for 'pedestrian crossing'"

I still didn't get it. I sat there too embarrassed 

To ask, but then couldn't take the curiosity 

Any longer.

 

I said, "Where do you see the 'crossing' on it?"

She said, "The 'X'?... it's a cross, made into an 'X'?"

I was beside myself! I couldn't believe that 

Something so up-in-my-face had hidden from me 

All those years!!

I began to look at life more seriously

Ever since that day.

 

I know I can never go back to the days

Of when I saw that 'ped exing' sign in that way

Prior to understanding about it,

But it will always have meaning for me

Because it taught me the power 

Symbols can have for us, and over us.

 

And I believed it.

 

6:22 PM 7/20/2013 ©

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross

 

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Author's Notes/Comments: 

Symbols and symbolism.

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bishu's picture

An alltime great

An alltime great nl1220. It appears now to me that (apart from the Religious angle) it shows direction N S E W...... Incidintally any religion also shows a path/direction. Congrats again nl1220.


©bishu 

 

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Yes, another aspect there.

Yes, another aspect there. Also fire, air, earth, water. So many different symbolic meanings for the cross I found---why I posted the Wikipedia ink. I'm glad you liked it, Bishu. I respect your opinion a lot. ~peace~

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...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "

 

bishu's picture

Me and my opinion.. blah blah blah

Me and my opinion.. blah blah blah.... ......... mystery goes on.............................


©bishu 

 

nightlight1220's picture

I admire your humility,

I admire your humility, Bishu. <3

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...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "

 

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Lovely story! :) 

Lovely story! :)  we all have our "duh!" moments nice title! Hugss 


Don't let any one shake your dream stars from your eyes, lest your soul Come away with them! -SS    

"Well, it's life SIMS, but not as we know it" - ¡$&am

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As Mickey would say, "YOOOO

As Mickey would say, "YOOOO BETCHA!!" ;-)

~peace~

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...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "

 

allets's picture

The Best Yet

Thoughts abound here, contemplation over years, nice penning. Symbolism, I will revisit, but I think in poetry it means worlds of thought, gestalt for one group of ideas mostly political, or something else - I'll have to look. They are a school of poetry - not literally - allets.


 

 

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Thanks Allets. I like when

Thanks Allets. I like when people give me things I can research and learn about. Much metta. ~peace~

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...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "