Space symbolizes the world.


 space symbolizes the world 
 the face of everyday
 its edges blur and 
 all the rooms turn silver


 space is made of bodies
 climbing into one another
 the quest for God and seed

 the wind blows and 
 deserts turn around
 from dust is hope, it seems to say
 your face leaps on water


 the faces of a thousand
 infinite songs ago
 the riots of meteors 
 and ruptures of paradise
 atomic wallflowers, too

11 thoughts on “Space symbolizes the world.

  1. Another interesting and thought-provoking poem. Your poem created many images for me. I imagined everything swirling together (people, space, deserts, etc.), which reminded me that all that we are is also found out there.

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  2. This is really fantastic. The first line (and title) is so good. Space symbolizes the world- that says to me, the onus of how we see the world is in our hands. In the second section, the line, Space is made of bodies, brings that home too. But this space is often fleeting, churning: winds blow, deserts turn, faces leap on water. But that’s not all, you recognize there is a theme, a thread, through all of this, God and seed, a thousand infinite songs ago. I have to say how much I love just this one word “ago,” We have been at it a long, long time: the faces of a thousand infinite songs…singing, the riots of meteors and ruptures of paradise. Especially the last line, atomic wallflowers too. So good!

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    1. Thank you, Bob! A wonderful interpretation. I feel you’ve shown me some new dimensions of this poem. The significance of the word “ago,” for instance, and the multiple meanings of the first line. I don’t know about you, but as a poet, I have an incredibly difficult time interpreting my own work, and I very much enjoy learning from conversations like these.

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      1. Yes, I agree. I’m right there with you on having a difficult time interpreting my writing. And I’m very grateful for the feed back I get. Often helping me read my own poems. I tend to be more abstract, so I guess I invite interpretation? Again, your poem is wonderful. I really enjoyed reading it.

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      2. I think your use of novel imagery always invites interpretation—and often a second and third reading. Thank you again for the kind words about my poem. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

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  3. So many good lines in this :)…”from dust is hope”..I love this..the dust of things that were, the dust of things to come, the dust of what now is mixing with our movement through space…each of us moving individually and collectively…”ruptures of paradise”, “atomic wallflowers”… perfect

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    1. Thank you very much! “From dust is hope” is my favorite line, too. I’m happy you were able to connect with the imagery and meaning of this poem. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂


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