we wake each day in a flat landscape
earth and sky extend to the horizon
the only line breaks in this epic poem
are corrugations of ridges and furrows
ditches choked with waterweed
and marsh woundwort’s stout pink heads
birds smudge the milky welkin
as they slip low over marsh and field
spooked by the fading ghost of the moon
mirroring our flat landscape
Kim M. Russell, 6th September
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Toni’s Challenge: Step into the Void, also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night
This Thursday, Toni tells us about Japanese aesthetics, in particular the ‘Enso’ or circle, which represents both the finiteness and the infinity of our lives. She says that the centre of the circle is empty and yet full – of possibilities, joy, sorrow, life, death, darkness and light. It is the centre or void that she wants us to step into. The void is also known as the ‘ma’ and has different dimensions. For this prompt, we are writing poems inspired by the first three.
One-dimensional space, flat space, with no depth of field; often the light from the full moon gives the landscape a flat, one dimensional look. Toni suggests writing an imaginative piece about the moon, a one-sided argument or love affair.
Two-dimensional space, our own house or a house that means a great deal to us in some way, or a library, a school, a happy marriage or relationship.
Three-dimensional space is empty, for example a desert, the ocean or outer space.
Toni says to let our imagination occupy one or more of these spaces and identify the space we are writing about.