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Poem: "The Attraction of Opposites"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by new fishbowl participant technomage.  The original prompt got me thinking about the tradition of "antagonistic elements" so this was the result.

The Attraction of Opposites

Air reaches for Earth,
a slim dark finger of cloud
touching down to stir the dust.

Earth reaches for Air,
rocks suddenly flying down slopes
to launch themselves into emptiness.

Fire reaches for Water,
lava bursting up through seams
into the waiting embrace of the ocean.

Water reaches for Fire,
diving from pure white clouds
into the upthrust arms of the forest fire.

Through the attraction of opposites
all the antagonistic elements
strive for common ground.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.

The pairing of opposite elements was in the prompt, and really stuck in my mind, so it appears in several poems.
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