Image courtesy of El Bueno, El Feo y El Malo

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…

10 comments on “Cross-Section

  1. 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.

    • melodylowes says:

      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.

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    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!

    • melodylowes says:

      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!

  3. snowbirdpress says:

    What a great post! The dynamics of how this earth is formed and grows has always fascinated me. Many things for this one!

  4. rondje says:

    Thanks (again), Melody, this one is a perfect match! I really love it!

  5. Melody, this one really speaks to my heart!

    • melodylowes says:

      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!

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