Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

The Cycle of Life

Equally useful and useless

Open - Dark ominous clouds that just released its energy

Closed - Sunshine spilling over our faces into our pores

A safety blanket that protects the skin and clothes

Open - Protection and relief

Closed - a soggy nuisance

Most of my life is spent in a corner waiting

Open - A cascading waterfall, crashing into rocks

Closed - An occasional drip of the tap, drip... drip.. drip

Wind threatens to take the shield from underneath

Open - Relief to have planned well that morning or checked the weather forecast

Closed - the forecast was wrong

Closed - Left behind

Closed - Forgotten

Another new umbrella or one that was found

Open - my cover is a drum

Closed - a walking stick

The cycle of life continues