Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Human-Landscape Interactions”  (posted by Kerry)
“I have long been fascinated with art and creative writing, not only as a means of self-expression, but also as a clue to certain psychological structures within the minds of both artist and audience.
Starry Night is, perhaps, an obvious example of this, which is why the painting has remained relevant.”

Human-landscape interactions, also often described as nature-society or human-environment interactions, is a topic examined by multiple disciplines.. Major theories that link culture and landscape address how environments affect the development of cultures, how cultural activities impact environments, and how interactions in both directions are processed through perceptions and cultural values that are also linked to identity. (Source)

“My idea for today’s challenge is that we select a natural place with which we are familiar, or select a picture/photograph of a scene which has some meaning to convey about our own ideology, philosophy, psychology and to write about it in a way to transform the descriptive into something more metaphoric or symbolic to the human condition. Thus our journey to this place is both an outward and inward reflection of experience.”

From the Lake.jpegFrom The Lake No. 1

Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe
Created: 1924

Blues like petal upon petal,
a swirling of layers for
comfort, for color. Yet,
the froth of white water
is ominous, pressing
upon the temporary.  Sienna
soil shifts beneath, a place
to stop, hide, wide berth
of protection. All is
uncertainty–ride the wave
or sink slowly into darkness.
Why do we feel a need to choose?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Lake

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    Wow!!❤️ This is lovely both in words and image, Sara! 😀 I love; “Sienna soil shifts beneath, a place to stop, hide, wide berth of protection.”


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