Coming Together

Coming Together

A coming together of cultures,
these three statues,
placed equidistant,
forming an equilateral triangle,
all things being equal.

Three founding cultures:
English, French, Indigenous,
in alphabetical order.
They stand face to face to face,
a triangulation,
silhouetted in profile,
sharing positive and negative space.

At the center of their union,
at the still point where nothing moves,
a living, breathing space,
that takes away your breath.

When you breathe again,
you take in air
and light and sun and
hope renewed.

Faith runs tingling round your body,
hand in hand with joy and life
and love reborn.

13 thoughts on “Coming Together

  1. This is a beautiful poem, Roger. You have an ostensible message (Eng-Fr-Indig), a broader message (stability/permanence/collaboration) and, beneath it, I see tyhe juxtaposition of stone and breath, which I find delightful. This is a gentle, powerful statement that underscores where your strengths as a poet lie, IMHO. I love this poem, whether I’ve interpreted it to your original thought or not! #WorthAnEssay

    Cheers to my ex-pat writer, soon to be back home, Chuck

    On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 7:09 AM, rogermoorepoetdotcom wrote:

    > rogermoorepoet posted: “Coming Together A coming together of cultures, > these three statues, placed equidistant, forming an equilateral triangle, > all things being equal. Three founding cultures: English, French, > Indigenous, in alphabetical order. They stand face to face to face, ” >

    • Thank you so much, Chuck, for the compliments and also for the analysis. I am at the revision / rewriting / restructuring stage now stage now and I am having great fun, sharpening and simplifying and eliminating. See you soon.

  2. I love this piece, Roger. It speaks so closely to my heart and my own yearnings. I was born in the heart of the French/Indian fur trade on the Northern Mississippi River. Those are cultures that played heavily into my heritage and growing up. I was born in a town with a French name in an area filled with effigy mounds and settled by German and English farmers…all things being equal, or should be.

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