What do you see when you look at this picture?
“GAW! That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen!” exclaims my passenger
It was my first time being the driver.
We were running errands and making small talk
Overall, I’d say the time together was nearly delightful
But deep inside me, I was sweating
Try to act nonchalant and easy-going
(Two things I’m not really known for)
So when he exclaimed about the things he saw on the street
I asked him in a very comfortable fashion,
“What did you see?”
And that’s when he says,
“I just saw a house without a roof, smoke coming out of it on top of a grave.”
In North Carolina
There are no Halloween decorations up yet
And there is no house without a roof with smoke coming out of it
Over a grave
My heart broke
My pulse quickened
La-dee da, dee da dee da
“Don’t freak out,” I say to myself and we go merrily along the way.
Since Friday, my mind has turned like a whole organic, antibiotic-free chicken on a rotisserie
So today I drive back to that stretch of road
And I take a walk with my camera
I try to look with brain-diseased eyes
This might sound bothersome but I have to figure this out
Then I spot two structures on the street that might fit his description
I know what he saw!
And I get it
With brain-diseased eyes, these buildings look as if they don’t have roofs
I imagine this being a very scary sight.
The trees might look like smoke
So could the clouds billowing in the sky
And the grave,
I surmise it’s the office building sign
Strangely, I feel better
Because for a fleeting moment
I have entered his world and a piece of this horrid puzzle fits
I drive away and make a mental note
Question: Have you ever tried to unlock a brain mystery like this out before? I’d love to know!