Iquanyin Moon, Footprints
© Iquanyin Moon Used With Permission
Cut away what you will.
The parts that fail to make the impression
won't catch the light below the surface
inked and imprinted and equally dark.
Press all you want. The areas unprepared
for that first dry run can be wiped
and rewiped clean. Material supple enough
takes all kinds of lines.
Push where you want, taking care
to check how deeply you incise what you want
to be remembered. Think of each gouge
you make like you would the heart:
recessing before lifting up from the shadows.
© 2011 Maureen E. Doallas
This poem is inspired by today's One Shoot Sunday Picture Prompt Challenge at One Stop Poetry. Featured there is an interview with photographer Iquanyin Moon and the picture prompt that you see above.