Beginnings, endings.
Time passes.
An inquisitive nature.
Awareness. The strangeness of existence.
Apparent lack of purpose, meaning.
Emptiness, and what to do with it.

Learning to be human.
Imagination. Hand-eye coordination.
Materials. Pigments.
The mind's eye. Seeing things which don’t yet exist.
Willing their existence.
Conjuring something out of nothing.

River of time. Traces of our existence left behind.
Markers. Interwoven with the planet's evolution.
A tale of impermanence. The temporary nature of order.
The desire to leave a mark is strong.
The will to leave an enduring impression.

Frameworks, systems.
Invented parameters. We make our world.
We imagine alternative worlds.
Extra dimensions. Parallel universes. Heaven and Hell.
Our own future.
The mind is limitless, like space.

Naming things. Signification. Objects. People. Actions.
Abstract to concrete.
A kind of reality in an illusory world.
Or illusion in a real world.

Signs and symbols.
Recognition. Interpretation. Context.
Processing information. Rationalising.
Brains large and small.
Navigation. Order.
Survival in an irrational world.

We are nature.
All things belong to the natural world.
Our creations.
Washing machines. Lunar landers. Internal combustion.
More people.
Nature is not something. It is everything.

Identity. A name.
A timeline of actions, memories.
An image of oneself. An impression formed by others.
Appearance in constant evolution. A continuous flow.
Throw out excess baggage. Unlearn. Open the door.
Who are we?
Anybody's guess.

The messenger.
Reason. Enlightenment. Understanding.
Mystery and deception. Clarity. And obfuscation.
The universe in a nutshell.

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Richard Beards lives and works in London. 


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