Writing 201: The Landscape Of Our Future
“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
Life is like a landscape…
a geography of the soul
we seek it everywhere
music, art, gardening,
In a happy marriage,
a powerful personality
and in ourselves…
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
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?
“The trouble with the future is that it’s so much less knowable than the past.” John Lewis Gaddis
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 (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