on the branches
of today you left
remain now as
in dark things
stain the brightness
a year since you chose to leave
not quite a shadow and
I see you
in white on white
Click here to read Kevin McLellan on the origin of the poem.
Our world is divided into half or rather halves:
He and she. The straights and the gays. The east and the west. The terrorists and the defenders. Those and these and this and that. The police and the protestors. The north and the south. The legal and the illegal. The Republicans and the Democrats. Us and them and we and they. And so forth and so on…
So all these polarities. Or rather hemispheres.
Perhaps we might benefit from at least some minimal integration, physical or otherwise? Perhaps we might consider the other? Or rather the other side? Perhaps there is some common information on both sides? Or rather each side? Isn’t the nature of hemispheres to contribute to the whole, in their apartness and togetherness?
Please consider that the nature of polarity is fertile with possibilities.
This quadratic construction, the implementation of language separation, is poised for negotiation. A framework for language to cross borders, and through its migration increase the possibility to redefine the what within, and consequently the temporal.
Photo by Jonathan Sach