These impressions follow the format of the haiku, which contains 17 syllables in 3 lines (5/7/5). These 2 pairs of sites presented stark contrasts to me—contrasts of meaning, aesthetics, emotions. These spaces are like Biblical texts that speak to different people in different ways. So, these are impressions and not judgments.
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Goldsworthy’s “Garden of Stones”
Gray sky Gray glass Gray
saplings perched in granite Parched
Parched with no beauty
All that Jazz, with riffs
fleet and deep, sleek and sweet. This
is Louis, Dolly.
The National Sept. 11 Memorial (under construction)
heroes and victims
United Nations Peoples
vengeance, no no peace
The African Burial Ground National Monument
. lovingly buried
. indomitable spirit(s)
. wailing and walking
And, now that I have mangled an Asian art form, let me do likewise to a Western form.
There once was a class from PSR
Who were immersed in New York with no car
For two weeks they flaneured
They hobbled and blogged and observed
Now back at home
Still counting and twitching
Devin quickly repaired to a bar