Look up, head raised high,
Beauty hides plainly in sight,
Not just a blue sky,
In modern rushed lives,
Head oft down, in phones we drown,
Wake up! it’s a choice.
I recall a conversation with my mothers husband when I first moved to London. We were driving and walking around the city. My mothers husband has fond memories of walking around the city when he was younger. He has an eye for detail and was looking up at the buildings as we walked around.
When you walk around a city, it’s easy to only look straight ahead.
Even easier to look at your phone.
But when you look up a whole new world opens itself up to you. Not just the sky. Little details; ornamentation, gargoyles, feet hanging out a balcony, a lady drinking a cup of tea at a window.
This is what inspired me to have a go at a Haiku about this.
The pictures attached to this post are from my 2015 trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai and my 2016 trip to Thailand. In order they are 1) The ordination hall at Wat Arun in Bangkok, 2) Jing’an temple in Shanghai and 3) The entrance gate to Gyeongbokgung; one of the royal palaces, in Seoul, South Korea.
These pictures are quite striking examples of the detail to be found looking up; framed beautifuly by the sky. But even in day to day life I am often surprised by what I see just walking around the streets.
So try it out, put your phone away and look up, with your head raised high!