Tuesday, January 27, 2009

286B. The Art of Intersection




The Mosque at Tlemcen.

TOTALLY OPTIONAL PROMPTS suggested this theme for this week.

THE ART OF INTERSECTION.


Human lives intersect,
Sometimes disastrously.

Roadways intersect,
Sometimes disastrously.

But the intersections of architecture
Have no such drawbacks.

They never
Collide,
Argue,
Jar.
All is smooth geometry.

And the intersections,
Seen in Arabian architecture,
Soar.

Here, in the Mosque at Tlemcen,
'Every prospect pleases'.
The arches
Intersect like a string of pearls.
The traceries of lace,
Intersect like overlapping spider-webs.

Muslim architects
Knew the secret of
Bringing together
Strength and delicacy,
Two seeming opposites.


The world now needs the magic
Of the intersection
More than ever.

Creeds,
Seeming opposites,
Could
Intersect,
Interact,
Interplay,
Interlock,
To create  geometric perfection.

If only......

5 comments:

Paula Scott said...

Ah yes, if only! What a beautiful post! Words and images are quite powerful.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent! string of pearls, traceries of lace and spider-webs intersect in a wonderful visual.

Stan Ski said...

Structural or decorative, the aesthetics of architecture always amaze me.

Kat said...

Could
Intersect,
Interact,
Interplay,
Interlock,

How "Interesting"..!!!!!

Jamie said...

Wonderful poem. Not sure how it connects to the Highwayman unless it is in the interaction of people that changes lives.