Wednesday, September 8, 2010

And shadow is her brother

This is what I love about light:
that she makes all things beautiful.
Even though her power
highlights a flaw in the pumpkin,
and gives precise definition
to the hole in the leaf;
and even though we can clearly see
that these pumpkins are not yet ripe,
the light makes all things beautiful.
And here is what I also love:
that Shadow is her brother,
or perhaps a sidekick, or a straight man,
always holding the darkness back
so she can help
those imperfections glow.

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Maureen said...

I like this a lot. I was just listening to a TED talk by Alwar Balasubramaniam, who creates amazing installations addressing time, shape, shadow, and perspective. Some of his work includes evaporating sculptures (they literally degrade over time). He says he's interested in how to sculpt the space between objects and that all construction of reality is through our very limited senses. I might run the video on my blog. His conceptualizations are fascinating.


Thank you for this photo with flaws and imperfection and "not yet ripeness" - it could be a photo of any one of us, couldn't it?

And the dark, negative space - always important against the light - we do like to keep it hidden in ourselves though, don't we?

Thanks for the poetry:)