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A Poem by Ben Taylor

The decision making process.

A map of
Indecipherable color:
The serrated bridges
Stretch off into
Unimaginable convolutions,
Burning and re-stabilizing
While the mind wanders.
As swiftly as thought,
The arrangements and
Configurations shift to
Allow for a newly introduced
Coincidence of whim and action.
Impossibilities arise,
Forming unpaintable hues
That coalesce into weightless
Spheres of immeasurable
Mass, influencing the process
But not suggesting themselves
As a solution.
Bridges meld, then hesitate,
Divulging their imperfections
As they shatter.
A tinge of "undesirable"
Causes an archway to
Dissolve, tainting and dismantling
The surrounding structures
Associated with it.
As all but the most
Plausible are devoured
By the surrounding confusion,
The choice becomes clear.
A path is chosen,
And the process begins

© 2011 Ben Taylor

Author's Note

Ben Taylor
Honestly, I'm not fully pleased with this, but it is kinda interesting. Tell me what you think :) it's pretty random lol.

Judy messaged me and it actually helped me clarify exactly what decisions this is referring to: this is, more precisely, describing the process of creating a poem, line by line.

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Ben, you are a master of words my friend.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I felt as if I was spiraling downward as I read this wonderful piece........

Posted 12 Years Ago

Fascinating capture of the artistic process, Ben. You have etched some incredible images here. For me, the capitalization of each short line detracted a bit from the flow of the read. I would only capitalize at the beginning of a sentence. Your line breaks are very good overall.
The sentence near the end starting with "A tinge of "undesirable"..." strikes me as redundant; you've said basically the same thing in the preceding and following sentences. Try removing it entirely, and see if it tightens the poem up a bit for your ear.
This is a wonderful piece, Ben, and shows the range and depth of your vision and craft. Keep it coming.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I think it shows your steps to decision making and yet at the end I'm not convinced you are happy with the decision...maybe the somber feeling wins ok here I go again.. A good write though:)x

Posted 12 Years Ago

I think it let me post it this time.

This seems to me to be a bit more somber? maybe as though you are examining the process of how your creativity comes together, creating and destroying until you settle into a chosen path. You say in the intro it is about decision making, and I get that. But, I really see this as how you generate your poems in your mind, like a written visual of the process. I think it is very well done. But, has a different tone than your usual writes, which may be why you don't feel completely pleased by it. It is very interesting, and the way you create and recreate the map to the point of accepting it is fabulous. This is one of my favorites of yours actually. Thank you for posting it :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on April 11, 2011
Last Updated on April 11, 2011
Tags: abstract


Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor

Columbia, MO

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