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