He looks very fierce and angry, loudly roaring...
yet he is silent.
"Silence is the universal refuge,
the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts,
a balm to our every chagrin,
as welcome after satiety as after disappointment."
~Henry David Thoreau
He reminds me of the Lion in the Wizard of OZ.
The lion character scared me when I was young.
His roar seemed real and he was so large
I did not understand how vulnerable and meek he was under all that bravado.
I have had the occasion to meet a few people that are...
all huff and puff
loud and opinionated
but sadly lacking in confidence.
They seem to command quite an audience
and it would appear that they enjoy the attention
if they truly feel genuine
in tune to their body
It's a clever smokescreen,
the tactic to conceal
their true self from the world.
I do not think we are fooled
"Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness.
The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there." ~
Eric Hoffer, Passionate State of Mind, 1955
Next time I am face to face with someone loud and obnoxious
I plan to whisper
just to see if they will lower their voice
and become less agitated
perhaps become more empathetic and sympathetic
to those within shouting range!
a picture of a posy of Royal Sunset Roses
whose heady fragrance is wafting
The Humble Bungalow