Founding a New Land

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Artistic Interpretations with Margaret – “Alcohol Ink Part II”
“Here I have the last of the Alcohol Inks from an exhibit of local talent in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, NC.
Please interpret the images in any way you please. I have included the artist titles below each image for a frame of reference, but do not feel bound by it. I was given a thumbs up when I asked if I could photograph these images.”

Fire and Ice (1)

Fire & Ice by S. Anderson

Founding a new land
comes with responsibilities.
How to build homes
How to assess climate
How to ascertain a job
at which you will be
proficient. Since each
resident is rainbow-
colored, they have voted
to name their new land
Fire and Ice. Ice may
appear as milky white
or acquamarine
depending on how
light slants down.
Fire may look burnt
orange tipped with
sun-yellow or fighting

Sitting in front
of a glowing fireplace,
you witness dancing
flames of indigo.

They know their work
is cut out for them.
Founding a new land
comes with many
and possibilities.

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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12 Responses to Founding a New Land

  1. oldegg says:

    It is good to arrive at or be born in a colonied country after all the hard work has been done. Rather them than me.


  2. jaerose37 says:

    I love fighting red – and all your wonderful references to colour


  3. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    The shifting nature of ice and flames – their colors, their look. Yes, it is like founding something new… ever-changing, developing.


  4. This sounds like a wonderful land to explore


  5. Susie Clevenger says:

    I like how you saw creating a new land, used color to describe what it would take to accomplish it.


  6. Jim says:

    Colonize the moon? A planet or a star? Antarctica? Places get harder and harder. Or is there an endless supply, like men to civilize into good husbands? Or weeds and living predators for or new garden for flowers and veggies?
    I appreciate this immensely, Sara. It needs some time spent with it. Also, there are several songs concerning ice and fire, and Iceland has been called “Land of ice and fire,” quite literally described. We visited there.


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