Day 19 & Pic and a Word #228: Otherness

Today I join the prompt of a walking archive poem and the concept of otherness.












Prompt 19: “Write a poem based on a ‘walking archive.’ What’s that? Well, it’s when you go on a walk and gather up interesting thing – a flower, a strange piece of bark, a rock. This then becomes your ‘walking archive’ – the physical instantiation of your walk.”


“The limits of my language
mean the limits of my world,”
said he*.
Now the limits of my world
are the limits of my home.

“Hell is other people,”
said he**.
Now hell is still other people,
even more so.

I was always picking this and that,
a stone, a shell, a leaf.
None in the last two months.
My camera does all the picking.
I touch nothing.

The only otherness
we let into our home
is food and produce,
grown by others,
prepared by others,
packed by others,
eaten by us.

How many people
have touched the apple
before I eat it?
And then I refuse to touch

and carry


* Ludwig Wittgenstein
** Jean-Paul Sartre

Here are three photos that I took today upon learning of the prompt. The walking archive is from previous years, as displayed all over the house. The first, round stone I carry in the pocket of my coat at all times. In the other coat I carry some shells. One never knows.

For Day 19 of NaPoWriMo 2020


In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #228: Otherness


15 thoughts on “Day 19 & Pic and a Word #228: Otherness

    1. Ooo, poisoned apple! 😮 Didn’t think of this. The goose reminds me of that scene with Donald Sutherland from the Body Snatchers. Remember? The geese are getting more and more accusatory the fewer they are. Thanks, Joey.


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