Some­times when we are alone


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some­times when we are alone by ben­jamin lee hicks 2016; ink and pen­cil crayon

15.25 x 17.75 cm

This im­age is one of a se­ries that il­lus­trates a longer poem ti­tled “A LOVE STORY.” The com­plete text ex­plores what in­ten­tional love, care, and com­pas­sion might look like if we were taught to be aware of (and okay with) the fact that be­ing hu­man is hard . . . that love and for­give­ness are skills. Love is as­sumed to be some­thing that peo­ple in­nately know how to do, but the truth is that life and re­la­tion­ships have a ten­dency to com­pli­cate things. Our brains, rules, and his­tory/power/ priv­i­lege/op­pres­sion get in the way of un­der­stand­ing our­selves and/or oth­ers with em­pa­thy. Some­times we for­get that no mat­ter who we are or what we have been through, we are all es­sen­tially crea­tures who are hard-wired to give and re­ceive love.

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