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Carapace and Claw, Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America

Carapace and Claw

What’s left behind
On this near side of eternity
Shell of existence
Shadow legacy

Husk of memories kept alive
By those who’d known the shell
But never the true nature
Of what it protected

Too the trails
Footfalls left in the sand
Evidence of passing presence
Echoes oft anonymous

No matter all this
Tides soon enough erase
While echoes fade
To silence

So cling to hope
For something beyond
The far side of death
Or suffer the fear of oblivion

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Monument Valley & Goosenecks State Park, Near Mexican Hat, Utah, United States of America

Details Details

I watch you
Taking in the wide oxbow landscape
A thousand feet deep
While I photograph the small details
Of tumbled stone and distant valleys

If you could embrace
The vastness of space
Then even a galaxy
Would be a minor detail
In the landscape of infinity

And I?
Not even a speck

To speak my insignificance
Demands more consideration
Than my infinitesimal displacement
Of time and space deserves

And yet
Here are we
The infinitesimal
Contemplating the infinite
Which I suppose
Is big enough
For me

Perhaps
Even…

Divine

Like the way a river
Has carved this earth
For millions of years
And left a canyon here
To pique our wonder

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A Bit of Infinite, Rogue River Gorge Falls, Oregon, United States of America

A Little Bit of Infinite

Despite the ways

My eyes can see
My ears can hear
My fingers feel
My tongue can taste
My nose knows scents

The world I sense
Is incomplete

And even with our cleverness
The tools we build
Extend each sense
Take me beyond
Known boundaries

The world I roam
Is but a part

To this I add
Imaginings
My wildest dreams
Absurd theories
Draw with words and pix
Artistic renderings

And yet

What mind and heart creates
Is in some sense
Quite finite

(I’ll reach my end
In time and space)

While the possible
Is infinite

Perhaps some day
I’ll spend my last
And come to know
What comes beyond

Then grasp at last
What it all means
Become myself
The infinite

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Aum, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India

Poetry ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #276

Words arranged in verse
Form a matrix of possibility

An author’s intentions
A reader’s interpretations

Layers deep
Miles wide

All this also present
In a single word such as

Aum

Love

God

Beauty

Perfection

Each a poem with all the
Subtle renderings and possibilities of

Angelou 

Frost

Dickinson

Shakespeare

Plath

The final meaning rests solely
And rightfully with the reader