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Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future

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“We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.” Lawrence Durrell

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future - Antelope Canyon by Luca Galuzzi

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future – Antelope Canyon by Luca Galuzzi @

Life is like a landscape…
a geography of the soul
we seek it everywhere

music, art, gardening,
walking communities
of bacteria

In a happy marriage,
companionship, love
a powerful personality
and in ourselves…

prompt: landscape
form: found poetry
device: enumeratio (a list)

For this poem and the one below, I used Found Poetry, (lines, words, phrases from elsewhere), that I was able to take from several quotes on Landscape from the BrainyQuotes page. It was a fascinating exercise because I’ve never really created found poetry, even though, I’m familiar with the style from my kids days in kindergarten and elementary school. It is not so easy as the lines/word/phrases we pick have to come together to create a whole poem that makes sense and can stand on its own… plus include enumeratio too. Typically, people cut out what they need from magazines, quotes, ads, poetry and anything else and then glue them into a poetic form and message to create their own. But still, it is borrowed creativity that has been adapted to make something new.  I’ve decided to color the lines or words in different colors so, you can see how many different “found poetry” lines/segments created the whole. Have you ever created found poetry?


“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” Ansel Adams

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future - Salar de Atacama by Francesco Mocellin

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future – Salar de Atacama by Francesco Mocellin

prompt: landscape
form: found poetry
device: enumeratio (a list)

There is an eternal landscape
made of tiny living beings
It is rather a vast landscape

Beneath our superficial differences
a sense of homecoming…

As twinkling lights dot the landscape
from the vantage point of distance
the whole story doesn’t show.

This one got me thinking about how we are all connected to this place we call home. The landscape might vary and we might not know each others stories in the true sense of our cultural distinctions. However, beneath it all, we are all the same; hence that sense of a homecoming.  How do your view our world and its landscape of people, places and things?

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“The trouble with the future is that it’s so much less knowable than the past.” John Lewis Gaddis

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future


Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future - La Sortie de l'opéra en l'an 2000 by Albert Robida

Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future – La Sortie de l’opéra en l’an 2000 by Albert Robida

prompt: future
form: sonnet (composed of 14 lines of verse; 8-6 or 4-4-3-3)
device: chiasmus( essentially a reversal, an inverted crossing)

We’ve come this far…
holding candles in the dark
riding horses on dirt tracks
We now ride motorcars

From bestiari  and gladiators
in the Colosseum
To electric bulbs and radiators
in our country homes

We wait to see what happens
to our balance of creation
to gains we got for advancements

We’ve come this far…
for the future of our landscape
depends on the landscape of our future

Mega thanks go out to Ben Huberman who was our esteemed guide and motivator. He made it so much fun by giving us modern examples with lots of humor. I send thanks to my  fellow poets for staying the course and finishing on a high note. Can you believe there were 1,500 of us and counting? So many great voices and eager poets. Do you write poetry? Share your favorite in the comments below. Thank you all!

Have a great week ahead!

This post was inspired by WP Writing 201: Poetry  There were ten assignments published daily between February 16-27 (weekends are off). Each assignment included three optional elements: a word prompt, a poetic form, and a poetic device.  It started on Monday, Feb 16th and concluded on Friday, Feb 27

Positive Motivation Tip: Whatever the future brings will depend on the landscape of our hearts and our treatment of the global landscape. Be vigilant as all our efforts will bear fruit. Stay Positive.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –  Antelope Canyon via Pixabay, (Future) La Sortie de l’opéra en l’an 2000 by Albert Robida, The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile and the Licancabur volcano/ Salar de Atacama by Francesco Mocellin, Antelope Canyon by Luca Galuzzi, via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

55 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/03/2015 2:56 pm

    Beautiful. I have never heard of that kind of poetry before. Very nice example. Thank you.

  2. Masshole Mommy permalink
    01/03/2015 3:32 pm

    When I think of landscaping the future, I think of my kids. I am working to mold them into awesome adults someday.

  3. 01/03/2015 3:42 pm

    All three poems are lovely verse and lovely thoughts

  4. 01/03/2015 4:07 pm

    I see the world as one big & beautiful landscape comprised of so many other pieces of landscape(s). People make this landscape dynamic and more interesting. The more I see more of these other landscapes, the more I appreciate life despite the challenges and ugly truths about it.

  5. luckyseventen permalink
    01/03/2015 4:09 pm

    Simply beautiful! and nobody knows what the future holds.

  6. Ben Butler permalink
    01/03/2015 4:32 pm

    You have an amazing way of combining pictures and words to make really beautiful things. Thanks!

  7. jenn permalink
    01/03/2015 4:35 pm

    This is a beautiful collection of poems! I love the approach you took and the style you used! Very inspirational!

  8. 01/03/2015 4:54 pm


  9. Christina Aliperti permalink
    01/03/2015 6:50 pm

    Those photos are breathtaking. The Antelope Canyon is stunning and kind of mesmerizing.

  10. Catherine S permalink
    01/03/2015 7:10 pm

    What great poems and pictures. I love how you put them all together, you are very creative.

  11. 02/03/2015 2:45 am

    We are, on many levels, I believe, “children of our landscape” and the more we forget that the greater trouble we seem to get into with each other and the planet which supports us

  12. Anna Othitits permalink
    02/03/2015 3:04 am

    Wow this is fascinating Thanks so very much for sharing.

  13. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog) permalink
    02/03/2015 9:49 am

    Thanks for sharing your poetry! It’s so vivid and creative and they go so well with the images too. 🙂

  14. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest permalink
    02/03/2015 2:26 pm

    I loved the imagery of the poems combined with the gorgeous visuals! Very nice and inspiring post!

  15. Cherri Megasko permalink
    02/03/2015 2:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! That first photo of Antelope Canyon is stunning! It reminds me of the Zion Narrows.

  16. Beth Williams permalink
    02/03/2015 2:53 pm

    Beautiful photos!! The colors in those are incredible!

  17. Barbie's Beauty Bits permalink
    02/03/2015 2:59 pm

    What great inspiration and gorgeous photos!

  18. Autumn Blues Reviews (@AutumnBlues) permalink
    02/03/2015 5:41 pm

    Such a lovely collection of poems. Thank you for sharing.

  19. klg1982 permalink
    02/03/2015 5:56 pm

    Love this collection of poems. I have pondering life a lot this week, one of my favorite bloggers died in a car accident last week at the age of 27. thanks for allowing me to reflect.

    • 02/03/2015 5:59 pm

      Oh dear!!! I’m so sorry to read about this. Who was the blogger? My condolences to you and the blogger’s family… so sad. 🙁

  20. Stephanie C. permalink
    02/03/2015 6:48 pm

    I love these poems – and the images really go so well. Your posts are always so thought-provoking and inspiring! Thank you!

  21. 02/03/2015 10:29 pm

    Beautiful, I must have a go at found poetry sometime, but your sonnet rocks 🙂

  22. Shabby Chic Boho permalink
    03/03/2015 1:35 am

    Beautiful landscape photos and poems. I just read the above comment about the blogger who dies in a car accident and I feel horrible for her family and friends.

  23. Erin @ Sugar Crumbs permalink
    03/03/2015 2:09 pm

    Such lovely photos and poems!

  24. Marielle Altenor permalink
    03/03/2015 3:19 pm

    I used to write poems when I was in high school but never really had a style or training. Haven’t heard of “found poetry” before either. Very well written!

  25. maggiesblog2 permalink
    03/03/2015 8:35 pm

    Beautiful as always!

  26. Chene Atkins- Whittington permalink
    03/03/2015 9:21 pm

    These are some great reads- I love reading collection of poems.

  27. Daytodaymoments permalink
    03/03/2015 9:59 pm

    I’ve never, well it’s been a long time since Ive done any poetry anything.
    It’s refreshing to see these images and words! 🙂

  28. 04/03/2015 5:17 am

    we really have come very far.. that first picture made me take a few takes on it.. it was amazing.

  29. Dhemz permalink
    04/03/2015 8:07 am

    awesome thoughts…great composition right there!

  30. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    04/03/2015 9:40 am

    It’s amazing how calm I feel when I look at beautiful pictures.

  31. 04/03/2015 12:04 pm

    I have not ever created found poetry before. In fact, I did not hear of it until your post. As usual, you’ve done a wonderful job with the write-up.

    • 05/03/2015 3:30 pm

      I was aware of it as something kids do in pre-school but I didn’t know it had a name. I learned something new too! 🙂

  32. The Pinterested Parent permalink
    04/03/2015 6:57 pm

    So beautiful & I love the photographs that you chose too. Perfect!

  33. 04/03/2015 7:37 pm

    Great poetry and photos! I like the one that starts with ” Life is like a landdscape”

  34. tweenselmom permalink
    05/03/2015 12:10 pm

    these are nice works! made me appreciate looking at things of beauty again and again

  35. Ruby Caberte permalink
    06/03/2015 9:16 am

    The photos and the words you choose are beautiful. I wish I was that creative.

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