imagination

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Attending my Literature classes is one of my favorite things in the world, and this semester I have two subjects related to it: English Literature from the XIX Century and American Literature from the XIX to the present day.

Yesterday, my teacher told us about Wallace Stevens, a certain American poet who happened to be quite interested in philosophy, ideas and the human mind. There was one poem which especially got to me: Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock. It was as follows:

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.

What he basically meant was to remark how people lack of imagination. They limit themselves to wear plain white night-gowns, to think plain white ideas, or to not even think about anything. They don’t dream, and when they do, they do it in black and white. Sometimes, those who are ‘socially rejected’ like the poor old drunk sailor of the poem, are those who happen to dream, to live. They are able to see the world in a different way, in a way that not many people see.

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Society has no imagination. And when you try to think out of the box and be different, they’ll judge you.

And I say, screw them!

You are entitled to have a colorful night-gown, a rare dream in which you go ‘catching tigers in red weather’. You are entitled to have beaded ceintures and lace socks. You only need to think a bit for yourself and dare to be different.

Be colorful!

And, in the meantime, I’ll be watching and thinking of more things. And, who knows? maybe I’ll be able to remember my dreams tonight.

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One of my favorite things about fall is the mixture of fashion options you can find around the streets. They may be effortless, but they’re good, nonetheless.

Unconsciously, people wear the new trends as if it were the most common things. The mixture of patterns, fabrics and materials is present in silk summery dresses used to the max combined with chunky sweaters, flannel shirts or cotton cardigans. Lately, you’re able to see combinations of denim shorts, bare legs and biker boots, for example, and, surprisingly, they’re not only worn by those celebrities who walk aimlessly around L.A! No, go to the center of your city and you will find common people wearing them (mostly university students, young people).

In fact, this made me think about people and the way the follow trends unawarely. Shops are always filled with last season’s most wanted; even if they come a little late, they are still successful. Look at satchels, for example: they were a big thing last year but not many people were aware of that. Now, almost everyone and their grandmas have one, maybe in a neon shade, as the trend was. Yes, it may be a bit old-fashioned, for those who know these kind of stuff, but I say, why not?! ‘common’ people like us also deserve having a little taste of fashion, don’t we?

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So next time you see a girl wearing a neon pink satchel or a flannel shirt on top of a mini skirt, don’t cringe or think “well, that’s so last season”. Just think about the way fashion has to reach everybody sooner or later.

And think about me, who will be watching and thinking and telling you all about it.