text widget“Maps tell stories…make today’s poem about a space you inhabit (or wish to. Or would rather avoid).” —Writing 201: Poetry

What’s the Point?

Imagine that you are alone in an Art gallery,
a solitary painting hangs on the wall.

Stark white and eight feet square,
what is this artist trying to say?

You concentrate on the white paint
and memories slowly return.

Snowflakes falling
through a clear night sky.

Baptismal shrouds
and Easter finery.

Wedding attire
and decorations.

Your mind is focused,
yet unfocused,

meandering through the years—
charting a path of pleasant events.

Tears of joy cause your eyes to blink
and when you re-open them

all is changed.
The painting is altered.

An orange dot is in
in the center of the canvas.

No larger than a drop of blood,
its very presence dominates your attention.

Gone are the happy thoughts,
no more visions of glaring sand on pristine beaches.

Recent thoughts of days past
are more distant,

less real.

Did they really happen the way that you remember,
or did you remember the way you wished they could be?

In this journey through life
we make use of many maps.

Some guide us to our destinations,
while others help us cross an emotional plane.

Whether the map is literal or figurative,
what matters is where we place our focus.

Can we look at the overall picture
and enjoy the pleasant moments in life?

Or do we condemn ourselves to focus on the negatives,
the orange dots, scattered across the maps of our lives?


  8 comments for “Maps

  1. October 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Thought of Mark Rothko there for a bit.

  2. October 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    I went to a lecture at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth this morning, and the speaker said he tries to have no pre-conceived notions about the canvas before he begins. Of course, he also said delusion is our constant companion. So, take that for what it’s worth. I much prefer the way you’ve mapped it out here.

    • October 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      Notions, potions and emotions…I’ll take delusions for $100.00, Alex! Thanks for your comment, Stephanie. I am in uncharted territory here with this poetry genre and it is nice to hear that I am connecting with people.

      I am glad that you liked my “maps”. A little AAA for the soul, perhaps?

      • October 10, 2015 at 5:34 PM

        Absolutely, Allan. Poetry is an individual thing, like a work of art, a person either gets it, or they don’t.

  3. October 9, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    It’s a very interesting way of using the word ‘map!’

    • October 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM

      I do what I can. Thanks for checking in and leaving a comment.

  4. October 9, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I like the way you carried me through this so beautifully!

    • October 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      This form of prose is growing on me. I am glad that you liked the poem.

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