Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Sunday Mini-Challenge: Shallows, Deeply
For your challenge today, let’s show there still be dragons below and within and around us. Find something deep in a shallow world.
And to make this somewhat true to a Mini Challenge, write deeply in a shallow space—use little, say much. (5 lines? 20? that’s between you and The Succinct Muse.)
And if you’re wondering how to cover both bases at once—to go deep sparingly–consider these lines from a poem Rilke wrote shortly before he died in 1925:
… Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions … For the god
wants to know himself in you.
(Transl. Stephen Mitchell)
of a seashell
becomes visible soon
after it is unearthed and cleansed