Art of the Most Unexpected Kind
The factory is empty, long abandoned.
Sunlight cuts through the broken windows.
Stand still, and you can hear water dripping
from the rusted pipes.
Puddles litter the floor, from a roof leaking.
Each pipe cuts through the sunlight,
a strange artist’s drawing, a thing with purpose,
and now a purpose changed.
You can relate. You, with your own brokenness
and abandonment. You have become something new,
something unimagined, from ruin, you have become art
of the most unexpected kind.
About this poem
It is common, when life has been hard and we are not what we once were, to mourn, missing what we have become. Something new, and generally, just as wonderful.
Only in a different way.
The picture was taken at Mass MoCA, the museum of contemporary art. The museum is in a repurposed old factory, and they have left this part as it was. It may be my favorite part of the whole place.
Your poems always touch me!
I come way thinking about life and the meaning of ‘all of it’
Every writer wants to touch someone’s life in some way. Thank you.
Tom, I just wanted to let you know I wrote poem about 5 days ago and it was in memory of my sister. I would really kike you to read it (when you have time. ) My best to you,always.
It is lovely. One of the best poems I have read of yours. You must have loved her very much.
Thank you so much! That is such a nice compliment as I think of you as one of the best poets! I loved my sister very much and miss her dearly.
Everything changed in my life after the arthrists of psoríasis affected in 2014, I always made walks around, nowadays if I walk more than 40 minutes I am exhausted. Life changes as long as we get older. I miss what I was, but that is life. Nowadays I read more, I embroider more. Nice writing, Tom.
I have had to slow down as well. But I find there are always compensations to those who insist on finding joy. Somehow I believe you are one of those.
I find joy in life, I read and I embroider, I have been socializing more with my neighbours, life is really good 🙂