Poem: Negative Space

Writing is how I survive emotionally and intellectually. It is a tool used to help make sense of the experience in the world and least anchor myself into a safe space. Here is another poem from a book composed of poems and letters composed during pregnancy and that I continue to contribute to today. The poem is entitled “Negative Space.” Negative space is the space that surrounds an object in an image. The negative space and the object become interdependent in conveying an image. They both form the balance in an image. During pregnancy, this idea resonated with me; cells and the womb, a being and its mother living and growing together in their respective but complementary ways. This illustration formed by mother and child, of space and growth form the theme of Life.

Negative Space
The irony of the woman;
She, with her God, grow a Life
And for a lifetime live a love too strong.
The strength of a woman;
To witness that Life at a distance,
To be stronger than an attached Love
So that
Life may grow
Into itself.


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