Monday, September 15, 2014

Identity of Place

"A sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together." 
- Rebecca Solnit

Identity or a sense of place does not occur on a map or a street. It circulates in memory filled with sensory imagery.

A whiff of fragrance.
           A taste of familiar.
                     A fondness for family.
                             A relationship of some kind.

All float through the mind.
    Symbols abound to etch ideas.

A grounding occurs.
                 A starting point.
                        A memory triggers a perception.

An observation of the landscape shapes feelings.

        A place tugs and begs a return again and again.

An intertwine of temperament and terrain.

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