V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #19: Distance

by Archibald Lampman

To the distance!  Ah, the distance!
Blue and broad and dim!

Peace is not in burgh or meadow,
But beyond the rim.

Aye, beyond it, far beyond it;
Follow still my soul,
Till this earth is lost in heaven,
And thou feel’st the whole.

How do we measure distance, between hearts and minds, between the past and future, or between one breath and the next?

We understand distance in terms of miles travelled, or hours spent in waiting, but distance suggests so much more.   Distant is both a noun and a verb.  It is concrete and abstract.

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/distance

This week, let us examine the concept of distance through poetry, stories, or photography

As always, I look forward to your response.

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

32 thoughts on “V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #19: Distance

  1. Proscenium’s blog title inspired my attempt. 😉

    Due up soon.

    I find it interesting to contemplate that, much like planets in our solar system and galaxies in the Universe, our bodies which we believe to be one ‘solid’ mass, are actually a vast empty space, very thinly populated with ridiculously small atomic nucleii and some vague diaphonous and intangible cloud of far smaller things we cannot accurately ‘pin down’.

    There are relatively vast distances inside of us, not just between us and other members of our human race.

    It is estimated that there is roughly 20000 times the diameter of a nucleus (containing effectively all the mass of an atom) distance between the centres of any two atoms in our body!

    To put that into some kind of relatable perspective, imagine two Olympic-sized swimming pools each with a grain of rice floating in the centre. The ‘solid’ rice grain is as close as it can get to the other grain in all directions – that is basically what atoms in our bodies are – multiplied billions and billions of times then shrunk down to fit inside us. 🙂

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