When Sea and Sky are One: Chicago Coast Horizon Poem

Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion was influenced by Admin’s recent flight over Chicago, when haze on the horizon meant that it was impossible to tell where the sea ended and the sky began.

The photos below were taken just after the initial approach to the lake, which inspired the top half of the poem and its idea.

Poem Structure

The poem mirrors either side of the folding middle line with words per line:
8-4-5-6-6-5 (7) 5-6-6-5-4-8

The Poem

Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion

memory tells mind water is horizontal not vertical
but vision cannot confirm
I can see the shore
but where does optical ocean end
and endlessly expanding deep space begin
amongst daylight cyan cream dreamscape

haze rays daze, where is the horizon?

aeroplaning above sunglow coast corner
sand stretching north right provides context
sea and sky elementary separate away
air and water clearly apart
normal service is restored
eyes reassure brain it isn’t vertical but horizontal


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