Pareidolia by Andrena Zawinski

On the moon’s craggy canvas,

our brains brushstroke a face

with droopy lids and fleshy smile

from craters and ancient lava flows.


We spot Demeter on a russet,

the Virgin Mary in a quesadilla,

Our Lady of Lourdes on an oak bark,

reclining woman as Mt. Tamalpais,

amazons battling cumulus nimbus,

a smiley face emoji on Venus.


We cannot help but to make things up,

turn Rorschach projections

into angels and clowns––

even the fin of a fish left on a plate

is devoured by a Michelin star

in the squint of an eye,


as we interpret and redefine

the world through imagination,

finding meaning where we make it,

making meaning where we find it.


©   Andrena Zawinski

Excerpt form the book “Essential Existentialism”

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Essential Existentialism

Foreword …

Why are we here? 

What is our purpose? 

What is the meaning of life?

These are the questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time.

With the recent passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the most world-renowned physicists, known for his enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and general relativity, one has to only look to his astounding life of physical challenges and dedication to finding the answers to these questions. It begs us to continue to look for our own answers.

This anthology is dedicated to what gives life meaning and purpose personally. On a grander scale, what is the purpose of our existence as humanity?  It is both deeply personal and widely introspective; yet it is also subjective.

Various poets share their verse, prose and poetry about what they perceive to be the meaning of life.  ~ Brenda-Lee Ranta

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  1. Pareidolia by Andrena Zawinski — Creative Talents Unleashed | The Lyrical Journal

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