The years have added sediments,
Layers to her hard-worn core;
Each resplendent element
Accumulates and adds its lore –
Brilliant glaring youthful tones,
Subtle, mournful, painful hues;
Wrapping round her skeletal bones,
Percolating as they choose.
Remove one, and her personhood
Would be altered from its base;
Add one, and her entirety could
Adapt and find new resting place
For fresh material to stick –
Leaching chemicals that flow
Experience through veins so thick
That cross-section of life would show…
Thank you for a lovely poem to match the beauty of the picture. It brought to mind Pablo Neruda’s Ode to My Socks. There are so many levels when one crafts with their own hands.
It’s a simply stunning image – and I have been thinking much lately about all of the layers which make up our personality and experience and therefore character – a perfect match to my thoughts.
Oh this IS Fabulous, Melody, and truth, perfectly expressed–great job!! Don’t you love it when a photo just goes perfectly with your words, too!
This image was so perfect – I have bee thinking much about our layers and how even the scary ones add to our whole – and this one was perfect for expressing that!
What a great post! The dynamics of how this earth is formed and grows has always fascinated me. Many things for this one!
And we as people have so many layers, too – such interesting things around us, so much to discover!
Thanks (again), Melody, this one is a perfect match! I really love it!
Great! I look forward to more partnerships! 🙂
Melody, this one really speaks to my heart!
I like this one especially, too – we are such composites of our genetics, our experiences, our personalities… and time adds more layers and uncovers others! This photo was so excellent for helping to tell the story. A great image goes a long way!