The Layers

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.

The opening scene in the Stanley Kunitz poem, The Layers. Kunitz, twice the U.S. Poet Laureate who served in World War II as a conscientious objector, lived to be 100.

I came across the poem when searching for something to accompany this photo of a beached boat in Puyuhuapi, Chile. The layers of experience that hang from the boat’s side echo quite nicely the words Kunitz synthesizes into a description of a life well led.

Layers is this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. Thanks for the prompt that lead me to an enthralling morning-long examination into some of Kunitz’ poetry. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

Photo: Puyuhuapi Fjord, Puerto Puyuhuapi (Patagonia), Chile, 27-Feb-2013.
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  1. Yash Gehlot says

    GREAT work all over !

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  3. Angeline M says

    This photo is fabulous!! The poem perfect to accompany.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Was fun to read through some of his work this morning.

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  6. Ishaiya says

    Great shot, and great poem!

    1. BobR says

      Thank you 🙂

      1. Ishaiya says

        You’re welcome 🙂

  7. menomama3 says

    It’s a good day when you stumble upon a damn good poem and a richly layered photo. Thanks.

    1. BobR says

      Excellent, so glad you enjoyed. My day was pretty good, too. 🙂

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  10. Ray Catcher says

    So different tones. Well seen.

    1. BobR says

      Many thanks!

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