I Think Gestalt


I think what I love about poetry,
Is the spaces it creates.

Not only the scenery,
With the wild descriptions,
And the subtext messages.

But also the gaps of the story,
Filled in by the reader.

It is a sort of joint project,
The poet providing a phrase of context,
And the reader remembering the unsaid words.

In the end, the poem is true gestalt, more than the
sum of its parts.

About johndiestler

Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
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12 Responses to I Think Gestalt

  1. Rebecca Cuningham
    fakeflamenco says:

    This is a good poetry manifesto, would have fit right into my latest poetry challenge last week!

  2. ~M – Beyond the beyond – “When the weight of the world is upon you and you're left spinning out of control. When you’ve been plunged head first into darkness, and you don’t know where to go. Simply follow that tiny flicker of light, far off in the distance somewhere. It’ll lead you to a place where love abounds and where hope is found everywhere.” ~M
    ~M says:

    Oh this is so true…

    • johndiestler – Lafayette, California – Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
      johndiestler says:

      Thank you for prompts!!!

      • ~M – Beyond the beyond – “When the weight of the world is upon you and you're left spinning out of control. When you’ve been plunged head first into darkness, and you don’t know where to go. Simply follow that tiny flicker of light, far off in the distance somewhere. It’ll lead you to a place where love abounds and where hope is found everywhere.” ~M
        ~M says:

        You’re most welcome John. I loved your post. I hope you’ll do more of these. You’re the first person to use pictures and that’s something I’d been hoping someone would eventually do.

      • johndiestler – Lafayette, California – Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
        johndiestler says:

        I have been repeated the phrase, “I’m on the other side of Wednesday”. Implying that I’m sliding into the weekend. Ha! In truth, I might be on the other side of Friday evening. I tick way too many boxes for this COVID thing. I’m sorta redoubling efforts to get get better at some of the gifts that I’ve already been given. So, learning the saxophone is out, also watercolors. But bending images to thoughts is definitely in. Getting better at words and digital play is important. As the lyrics go, “I’m still standing…”

      • ~M – Beyond the beyond – “When the weight of the world is upon you and you're left spinning out of control. When you’ve been plunged head first into darkness, and you don’t know where to go. Simply follow that tiny flicker of light, far off in the distance somewhere. It’ll lead you to a place where love abounds and where hope is found everywhere.” ~M
        ~M says:

        Sounds like me in many ways!

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