To be found in the chapter of Leaves of Grass entitled “Messenger Leaves” are a number of short “message poems” – starting with a direct address to the reader in “To You, Whoever You Are” and branching out to all sorts of people in all kinds of situations and all over the world. “To other Lands” is one of those messages. Photographs (taken from window of the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory Visitor Center) and composition by me.
This is the second short poem in this series – you can see the first one here – based on observations from my daily commute. The photograph was taken at Woods Hole, MA of the window of a bell tower on the harbor. The tower and garden around it are dedicated to St. Joseph. Delighting this scientist’s heart, the bells in the tower are named “Pasteur” and “Mendel.” Photograph, poem, and composition by me. Happy Friday!