Poetry in Motion

Watch closely. The mundane
becomes sublime, if we care to see.
Fields of timothy grass ruffled by wind
black steed glistens galloping through fields
sinewy athlete leaps to float over highest titanium bar
sunflowers smile, heads turn to bask in their namesake’s rays
Swan Lake dancers glide and spin across soft lit stage
gulls with wings spread wide, soar above the sea.
I look up from crowded city streets
to see this artisan’s creation
shift colors in the wind
urban ethereal

Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture, As If It Were Already There, soars above Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. It’s made by hand-splicing rope and knotting twine into an interconnected mesh of more than a half-million nodes. Whenever any one of its elements moves, every other element is affected. Its fibers are 15 times stronger than steel but appear lace like. Do watch the short videos. They’re breathtaking! We were mesmerized.  We’ll go back to see it at night, when it is lit with thousands of LED lights knotted into its threads. 


6 thoughts on “Poetry in Motion

  1. mincs1 May 14, 2015 / 4:10 am

    I love your poem – the words and the shape!
    I also enjoyed learning about the aerial sculpture. It is breath taking 🙂

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    • lillian May 14, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks much! Yes — when I was writing it, the shape just started to emerge — and then I worked the words to get the shape. Thought the least I could do was create a “sculpture” for the sculpture! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! So happy to see you here again!

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  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack May 14, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Morning, Lillian.
    Perfect words here today. They are as lovely as the sculpture – which by the way – must be absolutely entrancing to observe.
    We have a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden nearby, Storm King. You can walk miles around the landscaped grounds to view awesome outdoor sculpture – some of it is quite spectacular.
    Have a terrific day.

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    • lillian May 14, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Many thanks! Outdoor sculpture gardens are fabulous — we’ve been to the DeCordova, but alas, it’s a car ride away and we are, as they say, carless in Boston. Hope you have a sunny day!


      • AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack May 14, 2015 / 12:27 pm

        You know, Lillian -“Carless in Boston” has a cinema-esque ring to it. Perhaps, you should begin writing the script 😉
        Have a lovely day as well.

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  3. OldenGray May 15, 2015 / 4:02 am

    Very well written using such colorful words. Interesting presentation as well!

    Liked by 1 person

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