During a recent visit to the gardens at Tryon Palace in New Bern North Carolina I made this photograph of one of the statues. I purposely left plenty of negative space showing the brick palace wall and some of the well manicured shrubs. When I showed the image to the lady friend that accompanied me on that visit I mentioned that the empty space would be perfect for some ad copy, editorial text or, perhaps, a poem. She suggested "A Solemn Thing - it was - I said" by Emily Dickinson. I thought it was a good idea and produced this end work.
A solemn thing — it was — I said — A woman — white — to be — And wear — if God should count me fit — Her blameless mystery —
A hallowed thing — to drop a life Into the purple well — Too plummetless — that it return — Eternity — until —
I pondered how the bliss would look — And would it feel as big — When I could take it in my hand — As hovering — seen — through fog —
And then — the size of this “small” life — The Sages — call it small — Swelled — like Horizons — in my vest — And I sneered — softly — “small”!
March 20th, 2021
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