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Collage’s Dwelling in Possibility

I dwell in Possibility —
A fairer House than Prose —
More numerous of Windows —
Superior — for Doors —

Of Chambers as the Cedars —
Impregnable of
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky —

Of Visitors — the fairest —
For Occupation — This —
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise —

—[ #657, ca. 1862] Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

A Dwelling in Possibility (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

A Dwelling in Possibility (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

All of us dwell in possibility, or some form of it. We believe in time, and change, and the possibility of being in perpetual bliss at some future time.

We stand balancing on the knife-edge of the present.  From the clock, the present moment takes up its bearings, discarding them in every second and replacing them with fresh ones. But the bearings are lies: the present goes nowhere in time. The past and future are illusions. There is only the present moment we live in, the eternal now.

If there is paradise, it is found in the only time we possess. The only time that exists, and the only time in which we exist. The dwelling of possibility must become an abode of certainty in the present.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other writing [With the exception of quotations] copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)



  • stevebethere April 30, 2013, 6:53 am

    Imaginative as usual nice colours too.

    Have a fantabulosa week :-)

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Thanks very much, Steve–have a fab week!

  • Joyce April 30, 2013, 6:55 am

    Is that like an eavesdrop on the universe? Great art!

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 2:28 pm

      Yes, I guess it is: the Ear in the Sky. Thanks for your kind words, Joyce!

  • zongrik April 30, 2013, 12:05 pm

    reminds me of Monty Python

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 2:30 pm

      I often get that. I think it’s because Terry Gilliam and I were influenced by the same visual sources. Thanks very much for your comment.

  • Self Sagacity April 30, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Such interesting way to express! That is why I love these images.

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Thank you very much–I appreciate your kind words!

  • Alissa Apel April 30, 2013, 4:01 pm

    It looks like that ear is taking in a whole lot of information.

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 4:57 pm

      It certainly does. Thanks for your comment, Alissa–have a great WW!

  • Sukhmandir Kaur April 30, 2013, 6:42 pm

    She was an amazing poetess! Having known the alternative, I’mfor Joy in the perpetual ever present eternal NOW :)

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 7:07 pm

      Amen! The eternal now, which is all the time we have. Thanks for your comment.

  • Judy Haughton-James April 30, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Another interesting collage Eric! Thanks for hosting.

    • Eric Edelman April 30, 2013, 8:07 pm

      Thanks very much, Judy–happy as always to host you!

  • Daryl May 1, 2013, 6:27 am

    possibility .. unlimited imagination …

    • Eric Edelman May 1, 2013, 7:37 am

      Yes, indeed…Thanks for your comment, Daryl!

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly May 2, 2013, 3:36 am

    Thanks for always giving us Wordless Wednesday food for thought!

    • Eric Edelman May 2, 2013, 9:35 am

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, Tracy! I’m very gratified that you like our posts.


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