Found Light and Darkness

In the mansion called literature I would have the eaves deep and the walls dark, I would push back into the shadows the things that come forward too clearly, I would strip away the useless decoration… – In Praise of Shadows by  Junichiro Tanizaki (July 24, 1886–July 30, 1965)

Meditative shadows
Embed all generations
An organic patina
illuminating crumpled words

Light made of worn darkness still
holding their beauty

Glorious Edison’s candle droplets
Illuminate Blaze culture
Darkness gives polarity

Legacy in shadows transform
from shallow light to meditative dark
a brighter dimness

In response to d’Verse prompt  about Black vs. White:

I recently read the article, “In Praise of Shadows: Ancient Japanese Aesthetics and Why Every Technology Is a Technology of Thought” by Maria Popova. The idea that beauty could be found beyond light inspired me to create a found poem from the text.

I used the website Language is a Virus to cut up the original text into different combinations of words to create my poem.

Image: “Early Spring”, painted by Northern Song Dynasty artist Guo Xi

5 thoughts on “Found Light and Darkness

  1. A different approach to the shadows ~ I specially like this part (& will check out that link):

    Legacy in shadows transform
    from shallow light to meditative dark

    Thanks for linking up with D’verse ~ Next Thursday is our OpenLinkNiight, and I invite you to link up this poem or any poem ~ Have a good day ~

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    1. Thank you and I will be there! 😀


  2. I really appreciate the blending of science and the arts here.

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