Vast expanse looming
Single disconnected grains
Hour glass ticking
The tiniest rock
Carries the heaviest weight
Strength alone ebbing
Frustrated steps sink
Grains claw in supplication
Prayer time ending
One is annoyance
Millions demand attention
A sand storm brewing
Vast problems challenge
Connecting into action
Squeaking in under the wire of Sadje’s What do you see? #46. The picture above might seem hopeless, scary to some – a figure alone in the desert. But to me, I felt envious of the time to be alone, to walk and think, to feel the heat on my skin and the notice the individual grains of sand beneath my feet.
I know this feeling is because of all the “family time” we have been having. I never realized how much I enjoyed having time to myself until those opportunities were curtailed with this pandemic. I grew up in a family where we were together all the time so I actually don’t mind all the togetherness, but since having a taste of time alone when all the kids were in school last year…being able to sit in a silent house is definitely a luxury I enjoy!
But this poem had another inspiration with Kate’s Friday Fun Prompt – Vastness and Donna Matthew’s Poetry Form Challenge on the Go Dog Go Cafe to try a Haiku Sonnet. I love form challenges. I used the traditional American syllable form for my haikus. It’s still brief enough for me (LOL – if you haven’t noticed I do tend to be wordy so the use of forms is definitely a challenge)!
The idea of vastness though, like being alone, can be hopeless and scary sometimes. But Kate writes:
spaciousness or vastness often opens our minds
especially if we are feeling tightness or fear
Writing this poem made me think of all the things I am afraid to do alone, but that are easier to do with others. As the old adage states: there is strength in numbers, strength in being together – whether with friends or family.
Creating vastness also means creating space for others to join you. If we are closed in – physically, mentally, emotionally – we won’t have the space for others – other people, other ideas, other experiences.
With all the discord in our world today, creating space for togetherness seems to be one solution.
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