Our selves, refound in the world, are what we respond to, feeling outward things as part of us. ~Damion Searls, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

I cannot escape them
the woman’s profile
in the bathroom tile
the paint-textured
demon on the wall
the shifting shapes
that darkness takes
the coded messages
in words received
the structures I build
each day to hold reality
images projected
onto everything I see
the Martian face
that isn’t there.
Would that I could see
beyond the patterns
to live without certainty
reading the chaos
between the lines.