Day Four: Liminal

Today we have a look at the word liminal, that which exists on both sides. In order to put this word into perspective, I needed a little prefix.

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Prompt 4: “In honor of the always-becoming nature of poetry, I challenge you today to select a photograph from the perpetually disconcerting @SpaceLiminalBot, and write a poem inspired by one of these odd, in-transition spaces. … No matter what neglected or eerie space you choose, I hope its oddness tugs at the place in your mind and heart where poems are made.

My choice of photo:

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No. No. No…
(Browsing Liminal Spaces.)
This one.

A suburban scene,
empty of everything
but time.

Substandard in use,
super nova 
in renovation.

There were times
when it lived
but not now.

Now it is closed,
opening nothing
but eyes.

Suburban,
substandard,
subliminal.

In photos, my selection of borderline open/closed spaces. Even if they are closed for business, they might be open to the elements, such as wind. It will become clear why I chose the photo that I did, and why its oddness tugged at the place in my mind and heart where poems are made, as the prompt says. How lovely is that.

Today’s photos come in pairs, from the same location or with the same theme. Welcome.

For:

NaPoWriMo 2021 Button with black background

32 thoughts on “Day Four: Liminal

      1. It is sincere. They really were wonderful photos.. and much better in quality than most of the prompt photos, although all the prompt ones evoked the mood very well. I was so depressed by the time I finished viewing them, yet I kept being drawn back to them. Couldn’t stop. (Talking about the prompt photos, not yours.)

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  1. Amazing photos, Manja! And you caught the desolation of the source photo perfectly in the poem. What is it about ruins and abandoned places of worship that draws us in? That photo of the ruined church really did it for me today.💜

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      1. That would be a perfect meeting, appropriately spooky! I’m not familiar with the song–I’ll look it up. I used to have a professor who called me Pax Romana. Something to do with ancient Roman history.🥰

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  2. This is a splendid collection of photos on a theme. Your photography is truly outstanding at times. Everyone tries their best, and you repeatedly succeed at marvelous shots. I loved the first theatre shot, Cinema Metropolitan, and the Back to the Future shot. Also your poem. As I mentioned to Bojana, the line “empty of everything except time” describes the scene so well. It’s like the words could actually take the place of the photo. Just wonderful. ❤

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