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At FUSE last night, my volunteer duty included the task of managing the activity called ‘Post Card to a Stranger’. It was based around the theme for last nights event entitled ‘I Want to be Alone (with you)‘, a play on having a psycho-social post-Olympic respite. Basically people wrote a message to a stranger on a blank postcard, after which it went into a box. At another station you wrote your address on a label, we would then randomly attach these address labels to the postcards. Thus you would then receive a random postcard in the mail. I thought people really enjoyed it. They were likely uninhibited in knowing what they wrote was like a gift to someone they don’t know; a random act of kindness hopefully! In addition, the anticipation that they will receive a postcard seemed exciting.
One stranger gave me her postcard to read, unsure how the person receiving it may feel. She was afraid of appearing too forward. I won’t reveal her original contents, however I wrote this one back as a gift for allowing me to read it in the first place. What do you think?
I * ** * * ** ***
I Dear Stranger, *** * * * * ** **
I * * * ** **
I Nice to meet you at the gallery. * ** * * * ***
I What did you think of FUSE? I find * * * * * * *
I that it breathes a little life into my * * ** * ** * *
I creative embers. I hope it stoked * * * *
I your artistic flame. One thing I ***
I really enjoy is surrounding myself **
I with other fearless creators. They always *** * * **
I seek the flood of their emotions – cherry blossoms
I and capture enough of them j peachy
I to create their latest opus.
I Isn’t it daring to face the oncoming
I surge, fully knowing the risk and beauty
I of what may happen? I suppose that
I is the thrill and danger that comes
I with being an artist. However, most
I fascinating is knowing the person beside you is
I on this spectacular journey as well; and that you
I can hang on whenever you may need.
I All the best in your travels.
I – J Peachy