Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Unseen, the Yellow Woods"

This poem was the linkback perk for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, originally posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron and [personal profile] curiosity. This poem also fills the "walking" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest.

"Unseen, the Yellow Woods"

The world is not one but many,
an infinite crystal refracting
along the lines of every choice.

We walk, moment by moment,
through liminal spaces that
we do not comprehend.

The dawn and the dusk
embrace our days.

The wood meets
the field in a line
of berry-clad briars.

The tide turns, and waves
wash away what was written.

Our lives grow, and change,
and we pass milestones without
even pausing to leave a mark.

The liminal spaces are there,
yes, but we cross through
too fast to notice them or
the alternate possibilities
that they represent.

We are always hurrying
on the way to somewhere else.

Unseen, the yellow woods
open and close around us,

their transient roads not taken.

* * *


"The Road Not Taken" includes the original reference to yellow woods.

Quantum mechanics posits a multiverse of alternate dimensions.

Liminal spaces exist between defined areas. Becoming comfortable with the liminal world can open up creativity.

Ecological margins have more diversity because they can draw on two or more habitats for species to populate them. Permaculture capitalizes on the edge effect.
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