Letters from Igniza

Convey Meaning within Symbols

Look to Captivate But Never Truly Captured


The places we seen, the times we witnessed and the things that were presently current. If we try to capture that, we all fear it will escape.

I thought of the all those powerful rulers of the past; the kings, queens, emperors, empresses, czars, sultans, dukes, duchesses and many people with claimed and born of nobility, fame and wealth. They have what I supposedly imagine; from gold to jewels, lands of lands to mountains, priceless treasures to exotic animals from afar. Today, these kind of people still exist.

You can understand as we were called lowly peasants or common folks, those are things that are usually unobtainable. But think again, you can get those things. The reasons we think we cannot, is that it is only subjective and we are born into different situations of values including morals. However if you live in poverty, the chances of those dreams are almost to none; but then I didn’t say impossible. I will remind to say that someone can come from “rags to riches”.

Anything can become a possession, but there is one thing that is never conquered by man. It’s called time.


VERB [with object] 1. Take into one’s possession or control by force; 1.1 (In chess and other board games) make a move that secures the removal of (an opposing piece) from the board; 1.2 Astronomy:  (of a star, planet, or celestial  body) bring (a less massive body) permanently within its gravitational influence; 2. Record accurately in words or pictures; 3. Cause (data) to be stored in a computer; 4. Physics: Absorb (an atomic or subatomic particle); 5. (Of a steam) divert the upper course of (another stream) by encroaching on its catchment area.

NOUN [mass noun] 1. The action of capturing or being captured; 1.1 [count noun] A person or thing that has been captured.


VERB [with object] Attract and hold the and attention of; charm.

(Source from Oxford Dictionary)

Once the time passed, you never can turn it back. Time can never go backwards and so, we have alternate methods to at least look back more than once. The tools we used were cameras or paintings and such.

The some masterpieces we hang were the olden ways to describe what has happened in the artist’s presence. He/she sketched or memorized that momentum to be carried along the histories like the cavemen.

These days, we have photo albums, frames, profolios and film to record what had happened at that onetime.  One photo equals one window of that single place and time. One film is a stream containing fragments of a certain time of what is in front of an eye; it is then recorded into a reel and is illuminated through light onto a large screen to display documentaries or movies. Today, we have technology using data into micro-storage retaining more than what we can recall.

As we witnessed what went before through those glass lenses, were thoughts and feelings before the shutter hit or the flash beamed. Sometimes we do get frustrated with some image wasn’t aim at that right moment and even if it didn’t, there is a tiny difference. Before and after what happens are already separated by as soon as a single millisecond.

To us, we’re able to make time it looked timeless. We thought we captured time. But no, we only did it artificially which is why I call it, captivation. We are only mesmerized of those taken moments because it had meaning. You may not stay in the moment for too long, but you can still take a bit with you.

Remember the loved ones, the activities we enjoyed, the adventures that is given, the many little things that matters dearly. All the whats and whys.

To capture is to become yours, only if its part of you.

This is what I meant to “look to captivate, but never truly captured”. We, as humans and any beings in this world, we have limits. Time is one of the rarest among unlimited rarities that can never be taken prisoner. We are the true prisoners that time held.

With little time to long lives we have, never look back or the objects we hold now. Let the untold charm take us. The life that offers is beautiful. It’s more beautiful because it is attainable.

There are people who say “live in the moment”. But I say, “live to be captivated”.

Author: Igniza

Just a freelanced and anonymous female writer with an oddity of interests and of such to write about.

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