Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stuck here in the middle

Usually we refer to first and second floor but here at St Stephen's Green shopping centre it's top and middle. Middle isn't really the centre. The centre signifies many things and is never exclusively a single point. Middle is in between two other areas. It is rather vague because we might say "middling" in response to "How are you?". We refer to being "piggy in the middle" - an unenviable place all right. And it does remind me of the song by the Scottish band "Stealer's Wheel" in 1972 ... "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you." I wonder if we find the middle a disquieting place to be?