Orthography and perspective

Gathering clouds

At school we are taught

one way to write

one way to spell words


Some people find it natural

some train themselves to become naturals

others never succeed in obeying orthography rules


Why is that?


An analogy is perspective in drawing

one can paint without worrying about it

others will just find natural to structure their canvas

and articulate their painting

in a conscious

or unconscious way



A first way of considering this question

is looking at the heart-mind fault line

Some people dwell more in their feelings

and for them colors and emotions matter more

than forms and righteousness

While others are more sensitive to the construction

the process, and they will admire more easily

an intricately complex web of words and traits

rather than a simpler naïve attempt


But here I’m losing myself into systematizations

that lead nowhere

forgetting the heart, the essence

of what I am looking for in this poem



For me, orthography is natural

whereas perspective is a hassle

I’d rather paint an abstract image

letting my hand do all the work

than carry out precisely a vision I have in my mind

or copy something I have in my view field


For my paintress friend it’s the exact contrary

orthography makes little sense

whereas perspective is really obvious

without even trying


Well, one could say all things are well

the writer must stick to his writings

the paintress to her paintings

But that’s only a half-truth

What we’ve recently discovered is that

my secondary gift was in painting

and her secondary gift was in poetry

How that?


I write with my right arm

and paint with my left arm

all my life I’ve been proud of what my right arm did

and entirely forsook the needs of my left arm

But now time has come to balance myself

My right hand cannot be as strong as I wish

as long as I don’t bring my left hand to the light


Painting has become a need for me

Writing has become vital for her

Not as a perfect technical execution

but as a dance of the hand

as a dance of words and colors

The left hand does not primarily address to the mind

instead it directly communicates with the heart


Our technical limitations

me in shapes and perspectives

her in structure and grammar

do not diminish our arts

Instead they push us to focus on the meaning

on the force of the intent to deliver

we are freed of any constraint, of any prejudice, of any fear

and we create in this space of freedom

we let our left hand express itself, its needs, its envies, its ambitions

and we learn to listen to its wisdom



Storm clouds are gathering in the sky

together they chant songs of war

they are clouds of rain and change

Once they burst open

they will clear the air from this dust

and will leave us a bit lighter

a bit freer, a bit more happy

For that’s how healing goes

one layer after another

one stone over the next

completing the arched bridge

the vaulted ceiling

and clearing all the mud from the entrance steps

of the temple of our spirit


Everything needs to be shining and pristine

before the Day comes

and the Great Marriage is celebrated



“Gathering clouds” is a watercolor I painted fearlessly


About Erik Vincenti Zakhia

Dear all, I will share with you many of my poems, short stories, drawings and paintings telling of my journey of self-discovery and my reflections about life, love, art, spirituality, sexuality, kundalini rise, and twin flames. They all fall within the realm of Hazen. May you have an inspiring visit!


  1. Interesting. I am righthanded. but lean strongly to the intuitive and creative processes than logic and linearity.

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  2. Ton aquarelle est merveilleuse c’est la plus belle!

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