Topology

infectious universe 1s

It was a
wish, a tiny dream,
a maybe,
an if—I
spoke of it, asked for it, looked
for the opening–

I even
prayed (although not
to that god
painted on
the ceilings of cathedrals)–
but gradually,

or perhaps
suddenly–(how our
memories
deceive us)–
it became unspoken, blurred,
a footnote in time,

filed away–
I would come across
it every
once in a
while and wonder, just for a
moment, where I would

be, and what
would be missing in
the map of
me, if fate
had drawn it differently—if
that portal had verged

The subject for dVerse Poetics, hosted by Anmol, is geography.

infectious universe 1 close up s

I originally posted this watercolor last August, when I had just begun the embroidery.  I like the extra dimension added by the stitching.  It’s a slow process, accumulating like the maps of our lives.

infectious universe 1b close up s

 

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52 responses to “Topology”

  1. rothpoetry says :

    I really love this. Your art work and needle work is wonderful! You have written a most interesting poem!

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  2. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Wow, beautiful and so creative, both the art and the poem.

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  3. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is a beautiful poem with a lovely message.

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  4. Hélène - Willow Poetry says :

    Amazing art creation. A beautiful poem too.

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Nice poetic lines so well composed, Marta and loved the embroidery.

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  6. Christina Ward says :

    What a lovely, introspective poem. I find it curious that you said “in the map of me” rather than “on the map of me,” suggesting a less two-dimensional existence, then using the verb “drawn.” I found that part a bit confusing but in an analytical way, not as in I have no idea what is going on here. I love a poem that makes you think without an abundance of “telling.” Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed it.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Christina. Drawing is multi-dimensional to me; as is who we are. Any map has to consider all dimensions, including time, which alters anything drawn.

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  7. Suzanne says :

    Wonderful. The embroidery on top of the painting is very effective

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  8. merrildsmith says :

    I love this one–poem and art! I think this is something most of us wonder:
    “and what
    would be missing in
    the map of
    me, if fate
    had drawn it differently”

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful embroidery, M and such wonderful and apt words so well composed.

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  10. robtkistner says :

    A wonderful write Kerfe, full of plaintive wishes and speculation – a pleasure to read. The watercolor embroidery hybrid art is fascinating. An excellent overall post! Bravo… 🙂

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  11. Priscilla Bettis says :

    I LOVE the embroidery on the watercolor!

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  12. Jane Dougherty says :

    The what ifs and the repeated questioning reminds me of the Oracle speaking. This is a lovely life map. I’m wondering which part of it you would choose to live in. I don’t think I’d be able to pick one colour/place.

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  13. rivrvlogr says :

    The art is otherworldly (of course) and the words wondering how to reach that other world are quite appropriate.

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  14. anmol(alias HA) says :

    The watercolour is beautiful, made even more so with that embroidery. I really enjoyed your verse as you portray your journey and understanding — a life map is a sum total of it all, even the parts that are missing. 🙂

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  15. Sharon Mann says :

    The map inside always come out, we are so fortunate to be able to express the journey with pictures and words.

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  16. Jodi says :

    LOVE!!!!!!!

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  17. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like the question: “what
    would be missing in
    the map of
    me, if fate
    had drawn it differently” Our identities seem like a map which could have been different.

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  18. Claudia McGill says :

    I think the poem is one of the best you’ve ever done.

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  19. Grace says :

    I wonder too but I believe things would have been different if we had decided on another path or journey.

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  20. sanaarizvi says :

    Love this! ❤️ Especially; “and what would be missing in the map of me, if fate had drawn it differently—if that portal had verged.” Gorgeous write 😀

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  21. Olga says :

    I like how the matrix of the stitchery hasn’t totally consumed the circle of your journey. The portal is still open for new beginnings.

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  22. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Gorgeous image and also in words… I adored ” what would be missing in the map of me”… beautifully poetic! 😍

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  23. Gina says :

    if
    that portal had verged – this was a superb ending of your musings, what if always intrigues me to seek a deeper understanding of why things happen

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  24. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    I love your poem – and that gorgeous artwork stitching!

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