Marc Latham’s recent Essentially Water, Landing Dependent mirror poem was inspired by watching snow and rain falling at the same time, depending on the water’s altitude. His latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by writing up that day in Bergen on his travel25years blog.
Nature’s Language Poems
So what started as a visual snow and rain idea, and then developed into a metaphor about the British class system, now has a third dimension; returning to the visual, as Folding Mirror poems have two halves either side of a folding middle.
As Marc looked at the photo of another storm over Sandviken on the same day he thought of nature writing a message with snow and rain. He thought it might be a totally original idea, although suspected not, and the latter thought was proved true, as he found a narrated Nature’s Language poem on YouTube.
But the writing with snow and rain is still original as far as Marc knows; and he thinks that little additions to existing ideas is about all writers and poets can expect in the twenty-first century. Here’s the poem, and a couple of relevant photos; the first one was where he was sitting when he had the first poem idea:
Water Landscape, Mountain Canvas
sky spoke an ancient tale
in snowflakes and raindrops
on mountain arms
warmed by trees
nature’s cold beauty, interpreting warm message
water and land
intriguing relationship bond
while replenishing forest waterfalls
best in life is free