I particularly admire the way that Ezra Pound condenses all she had to say into three lines. I love the transformational metaphor of people’s faces turning into leaves. Pound’s metaphor suggests to me that humanities place in the natural world is being up heaved or entering in a state of change. The ‘black bough’ lifts them out of the water. There is a sense of doom about the bough, as the alliteration of the letter ‘b’ creates a tone of finality and the colour black suggests darkness and uncertainty. The meaning of the image is made concise. This is something that I struggle to do!
My footprint follows me wherever I go
Like a shadow or like marks in the sand;
I leave a trail for all to see, living things hand in hand.
My footprint follows me -
Shadow-like prints in the sand;
Insect, beast, hand in hand.
On an aeroplane in endless space I fly
Into the uncertainty
That I do not know exists.
Aeroplane flying – through endless space
Distant and unsure;
First flight of a Fledgling – falling!