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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Space

It's the invisibility of space
that makes it so appealing to the eyes.
It's what we cannot hear that makes each sound
a prized possession
and a silence so profound,
for silence too is spatial
and space a place for resonance.
We long for both,
appreciate
their attributes and shape,
the way they fold around us and become
one gown to hide our nakedness.
We wear it like a shroud.

14 comments:

Shadow said...

i like this. i really, really like this.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

so truely...

Elisabeth said...

I think we tend to underestimate space, Dave, and gaps and white paper. They help us to see more clearly what's there. Without then everything would be be one indistinguishable blob.

Corinna said...

Love it. Silence is powerful and space is a human necessity. I love the line "the way they fold around us..."

Mariana Soffer said...

Beautiful poem, It reminds me of the fact that we do not see what is always there, it becomes invisible and inexistent to us.

Hannah Stephenson said...

So true....it makes me think of Wallace Stevens's last line of the Snow Man..."Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is."

TechnoBabe said...

Just because we can't see something doesn't mean nothing is there. What a lovely robe to hide beneath. As if it were possible.

Dick said...

I love a good space poem and this gets it so right.
'It's what we cannot hear that makes each sound
a prized possession
and a silence so profound,
for silence too is spatial
and space a place for resonance'.
One of your very best, Dave.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Another good one Dave. I often think that the negative shapes around objects are more interesting than the objects themselves.

flaubert said...

Oh, Dave, this is wonderful. I especially like this;
"for silence too is spatial
and space a place for resonance."
Nice!

Pamela

Windsmoke. said...

Once again you've nailed it, very enjoyable indeed :-).

lucychili said...

lovely

Sailor said...

Space makes me think and think and think deeper.

Dave King said...

Shadow
Gladdens my old heart, does a comment like that! Thanks for it.

nouvelles couleurs
Thanks.

Elisabeth
Absolutely right. Like the pauses in a piece of music.

Corinna
Thanks. Much appreciated.

Mariana
It does. It's a form of taking for granted, I suppose.

Hannah
Good reminder. Thank you for that.

TechnoBabe
All things are possible... I used to be told. Part of me still believes it.

Dick
Thanks Dick. That is greatly appreciated.

Weaver of Grass
You have a painter's eye, obviously. That's where it all begins.

Pamela
Thanks again for another encouraging comment.

Windsmoke
Much thanks.

lucychili
Hi, and welcome. Many thanks for the visit and kind comment.

Sailor
Positive space, I hope! Thanks.