Submitted Date 05/17/2019

Sighting Infinity
Age 24, Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain, 1969
-- This is one poem, in an autobiographical series of poems, I posted here at WriteSpike. Go to my stories section for others. They are in chronological order. --

Hard and soft are so close, that it would be hard to distinguish
liquid and solid, marble and water. Which one is running?...
They are like the lover who in vain tries to hide his tears from his beloved...

~ Ibn Zamrak, Islamic poet ~
From a poem about The Court of the Lions,
carved on the Fountain of Lions basin (next photo) at the Alhambra.

Court of the Lions, Alhambra Palace


the Alhambra carved out space
from a mountain top
and like a sculpture retained
a sense of shaping the sky

the normal boundaries
of finite and infinite merged
so one led
to another and back again
saying the same thing
over and over
each ceiling
each courtyard
each garden
each iron gate
each set of tiles
with a different sensation
but the same feel
close up
far away
hallways that reached to the vanishing point

it was almost as though you could
touch the air

Alhambra Palace

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  • I love the duality of all of this. It seems so hard for people in our world to understand a person can be on both opposing sides of the spectrum, or rather, are each side opposing to each other, or are they quite simply the middle of everything...

    • Rick Doble 3 months, 4 weeks ago

      Well said. We tend to think of things as solid and definite but they are anything but...

  • hallways that reached to the vanishing point
    This ending here is marvelous. Love it. Beautiful work.

    • Rick Doble 3 months, 4 weeks ago

      Being there was the most amazing sensation -- when you are standing there, it feels like flying or suspension.

  • Kiersten Felch 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    i love poems about places and god you did an amazing job and it's just beautiful as always

    • Rick Doble 3 months, 4 weeks ago

      The complex is designed to evoke a feeling of eternity or endlessness -- and it really works.

  • Miranda Fotia 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    So envious of how well-traveled you are. I wish I had ventured out when I was younger. I was more into adventures of the mind around that age. A different kind of trip :) Perhaps when my little ones are grown I will get to see the places you write about. Another great piece!

    • Rick Doble 3 months, 3 weeks ago

      Well, every age has its advantages and disadvantages. I really did not understand the importance of many of the places I visited, which I would better understand today.