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“I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have! I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy store.” - CP Gilman

I spent a year restrained in a hospital bed with 4 ft high white enamelled iron rails. I was 4 or 5. I sometimes wonder if this is where madness began or was it some time before. I did climb over the rails when my mother was sure not to come in my room and play on the flowery hand hooked rug underneath the bed, my garden. At any rate, I managed to entertain myself. To this day, I would rather be alone.
Date: 2010-12-10 17:19:40

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jrlarimer 2010-12-10 17:29:34
me too. and i can remember thinking the canister vacuum my mother'd left in my bedroom overnight was a dead body. i was paralyzed for hours. i also kept my toes moving at all times, every night in bed, because if i didn't the jungle of animals down there would bite me. so many stories packed away in our storage tins. thanks for yours.
minions & myrmidons 2010-12-10 17:50:53
sixtariis 2010-12-10 17:51:52
There is enormousness expression here!
d i a n e p o w e r s 2010-12-10 18:12:11
Beautiful image. Great text, too.

[] Between my bedroom and my sister's bedroom, there was a heater. At night, it would gently roar, but then become silent when the thermostat shut it off. And then there was the strange sounds of metal contracting as the air cooled--random pings and pops, or sometimes issuing in regular patterns. And when I was sick in bed, this tall heater would seem to take on a life of it's own. It would shift to one side or the other and lean down toward me.

And, no, I never stuck my toes out from under the covers. Otherwise, whatever lurked below the horizon of the end of my bed would surely grab them.
{no rest for the wicked} 2010-12-10 18:12:19
Great description of your heater, Sean. :-)) yes, Pinky was this day I won't hang my hand off the side of the bed.

Thanks, Diane!
sixtariis 2010-12-10 18:16:02
as if in a dream.... love it
klikatu i dont like new impositions flirck 2010-12-10 19:12:25
there are more dangers lurking in the corners of our eyes that will ever be exposed to light

this is a brilliant, evocative image
still~positive 2010-12-10 19:14:25
"[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!' What did they call such young people in Goethe's Germany?"
— Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
"I'm glad your madness shines forth in your images"
--bob merco (a mad one himself)
bob merco 2010-12-10 19:44:04
wonderful photo - there was one night in particular, and i was not very young, i was frozen in my bed, alone in my solitary room, listening to scratching noices, i knew some wild thing had made it's way into my room and was now making a nest unaware of me, but the smallest movement from me would startle it into attack (or maybe worse, spraying, if it were the skunk that lived under the cottage) after a night of liitle sleep, i woke to realize it was only branches, hanging down, scraping the wall outside my window
eah2009 2010-12-10 19:47:34
Thank you, Bob...for better or worse, eh?

Eah - To be a child again with all the magic and little horrors :-))
sixtariis 2010-12-10 19:49:32
i don't hang my hand over either, and this is a recent thing. god forbid, i should wake up at 3 AM! btw, i forgot to say how much i love this innocent, provocative image.
minions & myrmidons 2010-12-10 23:36:44
wonderful it!
SLEEC Photos/Suzanne 2010-12-10 23:39:50
Exceptional haunting image sixtäriis . . . . . . Deja Vu - jimmy
jumpinjimmyjava 2010-12-11 00:55:04
This is beautifully atmospheric and has the haze of a childhood memory
{*L*} 2010-12-11 04:39:49
love the words i can relate, and the picture is a perfect example of the things that would scare me as a child, nice process and mood!
nikkidelmont 2010-12-11 11:46:06
very good work...nicely done

Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
pardeshi 2010-12-11 13:11:03
God's Child (Ob la di-ob la da) 2010-12-11 13:37:19
You made it to explore!!! Whoo hoo! Well Deserved!

Chad McDonald 2010-12-11 17:38:36
Fabulous picture!

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Mukul Banerjee ( 2010-12-11 19:28:36
fabulous work
RoryO'Bryen 2010-12-11 19:44:19
Soulful image.
albertopveiga 2010-12-11 22:57:23
love the story and the atmosphere of the image
april in memoriam 2010-12-12 04:25:33
Awesome, congrats on Explore
Eddie The Bugman 2010-12-12 17:50:30
Admired in Art Libre
Reddy E. 2010-12-13 14:49:53
fabulous. good to see you posting again ;)
t does wool 2010-12-14 01:55:12
great contribution
thank you for taking part in Zeitgeist -
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RC Gold 2010-12-14 17:45:08
Amazing images .... Timeless image .....Lonely as hell
SkyShaper 2010-12-15 17:22:42
that quiet chair, waiting.

we all have our boogie men.
Seen on your photo stream. (?)
bunchadogs & susan 2010-12-19 04:14:14
a gem
vigo2009 2010-12-19 20:04:55
Extraordinary story! Very touching to me and remind me some i also had.
This one is also important to me, this photo of you!
Thx for sharing!
Ana.Caldas 2010-12-22 00:12:31
texture of time?
enjoyed in a special collection
António Alfarroba 2010-12-22 13:12:19
Stories resting.
Sati Kobashi 2010-12-22 17:12:05
... y quizá en soledad sea donde únicamente nos habla el tiempo...
(not translated)
Tomás Ajo 2010-12-28 12:07:25
Very evocative and profoundly moving. Wonderful work.
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