Faith(less): a sijo


We whining dots shade/the corner/of a pointillist painting.
Lose the art/we have no eyes for it/if we look deep/we see
Symmetry/water-spun/the message/of diatoms.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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59 Responses to Faith(less): a sijo

  1. Alice Keys says:

    I LOVED diatoms under the microscope. A professor in college studied them. They are crystalline creatures of infinite beauty. I couldn’t draw them without diminishing what they were. And there are so many of them.There is a lot like that here.

  2. yeoldefoole says:

    because we have no eyes for it! such a satisfying poem! better than the biscuit I just had with soup!!!

    • Oh, you are making me blush this afternoon… This form was interesting–almost like a three-line meditation, and I might have to come back to it again. I like what it did to my passing thought.

      • yeoldefoole says:

        I haven’t ever seen one of these before! Time to get my books on Form off the shelf (after work – LOL!) Will be looking up triolets, too!

        13 or 14 years ago I was playing around with Triversen – a form invented by William Carlos Williams. Have you ever played with that? I’ll post some later (if I can still abide them!)

  3. claudia says:

    We lose the art, because we have no eyes for it…love this…and it is so true…we need open eyes to see the art around us…

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  5. dulzimordash says:

    Reblogged this on Nature’s Abhorred Vacuum.

  6. BroadBlogs says:

    Beautiful picture and words.

  7. heidi says:

    “Lose the art/we have no eyes for it/if we look deep/we see

    This has me spinning. I love this line, even more with the picture because they look like little eyes (or buttons, which are used for eyes). I feel kind of drunk on your Sijo. It’s cool.

  8. brian miller says:

    ha. i really like your opening line in this…we whining dots…lol…some interesting breaks you worked in as well through out with your / …losing the art b/c we have no eye for it as well is a really great line susan….

    • Thanks, Brian. I love diatoms (probably pretty obvious), those tiny, tiny microscopic things that are just beautiful, and beautiful just because. It can’t simply be a matter of form or function, they have to please somebody’s eyes–and were long before we invented the way to see them.

  9. Ah I love this .. the turn from art to looking in a microscope.

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  11. wolfsrosebud says:

    enjoyed the movement in this poem

  12. Laurie Kolp says:

    Mesmerizing, Susan… pic and Sijo.

  13. Yousei Hime says:

    Can I tell you how much l love your comment header? 😉 Your sijo is so unique too. I appreciate your visit and comment over at my spot as well. Thank you times three.

  14. Grace says:

    Sadly I can’t see the image ~ Love the message of looking deep in nature and its creatures ~

  15. Rowan Taw says:

    A friend, slightly the worse for wear, queried his marine biology lecturer, having misheard what he believed to be “this is beautiful”. Everyone stared at him, including the lecturer, as if he were mad…but he could see it!

  16. so im-pressed upon my skin, my thoughts are quietly drawn to prayer ~does that make sense?

  17. janehewey says:

    I love this Susan. Your three lines tie together beautifully with depth, blue, water. I am almost lost in the artful blue.

  18. Mary says:

    Susan, we must never lose the art. Never.

  19. Beautifully pointillistic in its description and ideas. Your title “Faith(less)” threw me for a minute, but then you talked about diatomic symmetry, and I thought of William Blake’s fearful symmetry in creation, and it all made sense again. Wonderful!

    • Thanks, Sam! It started out as those dots whining to their creator, but I could not for the life of me get that line to sing with that in there. Glad you caught it despite that!

  20. kkkkaty1 says:

    Related to fractals? Kaleidoscopic and spiritual in nature pegged it exactly with your words.

  21. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …well said Susan… you gave great wisdom tonight… smiles…

  22. Tony Maude says:

    There is such beauty in creation, for those who have eyes to see it. Thanks for reminding us of the wonder of what we too often see as worthless and pointless.

  23. Such a cool exhortation for us to look beyond the surface for the beauty that lies beneath. It might take more time but it’s worth it.

  24. anoveldiary says:

    Wonderful wonderful…the magic and gift of a close observation is priceless very true for a poet!!!

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