Found Light and Darkness

Originally posted June 2015:

“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.
Photo Credit: joansorolla Creative Commons site via Compfight cc

Categories Creative Poems and Flash Fiction

6 thoughts on “Found Light and Darkness

  1. Love the contrast about objects and colors in this poem. It’s uniquely beautiful:)

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  2. This is lovely and so evocative. Great imagery. Found poetry is incredible.

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  3. I love found poetry. This one’s awesome!

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  4. That is an erudite poem. Imagine if there was no darkness and the learned wouldn’t have experimented 🙂

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