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Poem: "Sights to See" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Sights to See"

This poem came from the February 8, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from puffbird who wanted to explore visual divergences (depth perception, color blindness, etc.) and art, and by janetmiles who mused about the visionary/mystic/mentally ill spectrum.  It was sponsored by the_vulture.

Sights to See

Sometimes it is the quirks
in our bodies and minds
that lead to our creativity.

Body dysphoria is not so far
from caricature and cartoons.
The artist without depth perception
may take to stained glass or quilting
or stylized drawing.

If we all saw the world the same way,
we would have no Picasso and no Cubism,
no Monet and no Impressionism.

We would be reft of insight
and left without vision
in a world full of sights to see,
had we not the sights to see them.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 12th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 12th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad you liked it.

I felt that this poem spoke to the core of the theme, especially given the kind of prompts that came in. There's more than one way to see the world, and that's okay.
eseme From: eseme Date: February 13th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like the use of "sight" multiple times in the last verse.

Very well put!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 20th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I love playing with the different meanings a word can have, in this case "sight" as "something to be seen" and "a method of visual perception." I do this a lot when I write sestinas or other interlocking/repeating forms.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 13th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)


I think it sums up the main ideas of the theme. I'm glad you like it.
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