Embracing the Mundane

By Luka Stojanovic

Eventually, we all have to realize that many of us will not become the future leaders of the world; many of us will end up being cogs in the machine that we call society. The majority of us will not achieve extraordinary feats in our lifetimes; we will live ordinary lives. Call me a pessimist or a realist — characterize my thoughts as you will— but I think the point I am trying to get across is that we need to accept and find joy in the ordinary. Why is that the case? The problem that arises if we exclusively find value and joy in that which is exceptional or extraordinary is that, if we do not achieve our high expectations, our happiness is shattered. People are blinded by the brightness of the extraordinary and forget to embrace the beauty of the ordinary.

These thoughts are fundamental ideas in a fascinating branch of thought known as Imagism. Poets such as William Carlos Williams, Richard Aldington, Hilda Doolittle, and Ezra Pound were all part of this school of thought which had its peak in the early twentieth-century. Imagists believed that poetry was inaccessible to the ordinary person and thus sought to create minimalistic poetry that eliminated the complicated, convoluted, and cluttered conventions of the time. The Imagists also chose to focus their works on ordinary aspects of life to show people that beauty can lie even within the most ordinary objects or daily routines.

Here is my attempt at imagist poetry.

Materialism

As I stare at this trophy,

Gold and Shiny,

I think to myself;

How far could I throw this

Out my window?