Desert

Desert-poem-4

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  1. lifelessons Post author

    If I had more time, I’d play with this shape more. If it is confusing for you, I’ll give a hint. You need to read down the two arms, starting with the taller one on the right, then go to the arm on the left and read down, then proceed on down in an orderly fashion (ahem) to the end. It is fuzzy, I know, best I could do with limited time purloined from visiting with dear friends who perfectly illustrate the poem. Some of us left who need to make the most of our time together. (Since I first typed this comment, okcforgottenman and I have spent hours trying to figure out a process to get this legibly onto the blog. He finally figured it out, so the new clarity is due entirely to him. With my thanks!!!)

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      There were a few mistakes, so I reposted.. but still pretty blurry.
      Just occurred to me I could take a photo of the document! Version 6 coming along soon. This is a bit harder than it looks.

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  2. lifelessons Post author

    I am away from a printer which would aid me. I have to depend on a screen shot and unfortunately wrote this in a font other than Calibri, which would have made it clearer..It took so long to format that I am loath to start all over again. I’ll see what I can do…

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Well, it started out to be a Saguaro, but it is sorta a tubby one. I was so rushed this morning and have been running all day. This has been a wonderful trip but absolutely exhausting as there are so many people to see, appointments, things to buy, tasks to do. It’s been hard to find time to post and I shouldn’t have tackled a concrete poem but what wants to be written wants to be written. I’m so grateful to okcforgottenman for the complicated process by which he finally made it legible. It involved this process, as he described it to me:
      “When I got the changes done in Word, I displayed it in “Full Screen Reading” mode. Then I made a screen shot, which I copied into MS Paint (a horrid ancient Microsoft program). I trimmed the edges and saved as a jpg. A big thing, I found, is to tailor the physical page length to 9.5 inches (faking out Word that I had that size paper in my printer). That made the final screen shot full size.”

      The problem was compounded by the fact that the process I used involved putting …… in all the spaces, then changing their color to white so they wouldn’t show. So, every time we made a change in spacing or punctuation, it would cause one of the invisible….’s to turn black again.. but not black, because a few months ago my WordPress suddenly started printing in gray instead of black–one reason the poem was so light. I couldn’t highlight the entire poem and change the ink color because then all the white spaces would turn black, so I had to highlight each word or line portion and change the color. Took forever..and I forgot to save it so had to do it all over again. How we suffer for art, right?????

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Well, the artistry of this one was a disappointment to me, but I stubbornly continued to try to reproduce it rather than working on the form. I might rework it at a later date. It looks more like a bromeliad or baobob than a saguaro.

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