The Order of Things


When I sit down to create
I can’t help but feel
Everything’s been done.

There are birds and pianos
And rocks and maple trees
But what in the world is new?
Am I too late?

When I sit down to create
Something already made before
I always wonder
Which life am I going to write
Today?
Will I be a white-tailed deer
Or a spotted newt?
Who will I be
In the natural order of things?

When I sit down to make
The stories I feel spilling from me
I am suddenly a painter of words
And endless worlds.

What in the world is new?
I think I know;
Everything yet to be imagined
And everything soon to join
The natural order of things
Once it’s finally been painted
By its artist,
Without whom nothing would exist.


Image of a small house. There are colorful lights strung along in a wide variety of different shades. They are blown glass and have odd texture, almost like candy. This house sits by a little lake.

Poem and photography by Hazel J. Hall
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4 thoughts on “The Order of Things

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. It’s a topic I’ve been ruminating on lately as well- originality and authenticity- is anything REAL?! And then is it only “real” if I witness it and observe it and am aware of it?! LIFE! What a conundrum! Amazing. Loving your posts, keep it up!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment, and I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the work. It’s definitely a difficult topic, and I have an even harder time trying to grasp it in terms of my own work, especially when seeing all of the precedents in art that have been created before my lifetime! It’s so mind-blowing, but I enjoyed writing this piece, and it helped me express some of my frustrations. Thank you, have a great day!

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  2. Wonderfully written! Two of my favorite lines in this piece:
    I am suddenly a painter of words
    And endless worlds.

    Once it’s finally been painted
    By its artist,
    Without whom nothing would exist.

    Looking forward to more of your unique perspectives (aka original). 🙂

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