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Old 08-22-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Photo Challenge #138 ~ Inspiration: Ars Poetica {08/23/2011}

We have inspiration challenges over in the card-making side - so how about an inspiration challenge here. I must admit I struggle with them when it comes to card-making. I feel I am meant to be recreating my inspiration piece rather than just being inspired by it, and have to force myself to loosen up a bit. Well, we can't recreate a poem in pictures, but there is some wonderful imagery in this poem to be inspired by. In fact I found it when I was looking for something to pair with photos of birds in flight.

Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind—

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.
A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—

A poem should not mean
But be.

I'd have loved to find a quince for the globed fruit, but although I checked the only quince tree I know of around here, there was nothing on it. Rowan berries are certainly globed fruit and will do to be going on with. I have another fruit to add later, and some grass, but I have one more photo to take after work.
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