It’s a particularly sweet Friday morning when you find your words, your own raw words about your fear, featured and considered thoughtfully on a poetry blog you’ve been reading, enjoying, and learning from yourself weekly for years. Thank you, José Angel Araguz…I’m deeply honored to be a part of the Influence.
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One thing I admire about poetry is the space it creates where meditation can balance into consideration and reckoning. This week’s poem, “Bonding” by Laura M Kaminski, is a good example of what I mean.
The first stanza not only sets the scene, but also presents the range of meditation. The act of walking a new dog is meditated upon via the consideration of particulars. From the moment the speaker picks up the leash, she feels fear as “a grasshopper leaping / eating everything i’ve planted.” Making a grasshopper stand as a metaphor for fear in this direct manner allows for a surrealistic immediacy; the juxtaposition is “leaped” into suddenly, which evokes not only the image but the sensation of both image and concept.
The poem continues…
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