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Day Two & PPAC: Forma Viva 3.

Today we conclude the visit to the open-air sculpture exhibition on the Slovenian coast, and have a look at some words in my poem for Day Two.

Prompt 2: “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on a word featured in a tweet from Haggard Hawks, an account devoted to obscure and interesting English words.” 

I chose the last tweet from the list of Top 30 tweets of 2021, the one from November 12 2021. My first stanza is this tweet in its entirety. I found it a little poem as such and just continued.

Not any word

“In Old English, 
MEAT was food of any kind, 
a GIRL was a young child of either sex, 
a DEER was any large mammal, 
a HOUND was any dog, 
a WIFE was any woman, 
a FOWL was any bird, 
to STARVE was merely to die, 
and an APPLE could be any fruit.”

In present Slovenian,
MESO is meat,
and if you read it back 
it’s suddenly OSEM,
the number 8.

night is NOČ
and nothing is NIČ
and notch is KLIN
and ČIST is clean
Night has its might.
Good night.

And now, the last half an hour of our 2017 stroll around the many sculptures, which started with this post. Between 1961 and 2001, sculptors from 30 countries created around 120 sculpture at the annual Forma Viva symposium in Slovenia, many of which are set here on the Seča peninsula to visit and admire freely.

No matter how many times I’m in Piran nearby, I only went there with my parents and amore for the first time in 2017. When the rest of us descended towards the Sečovlje saltworks with Croatia opposite, father fetched the car and drove around the peninsula to pick us up. It was not even 10 am and yet so hot. But we saw so much already that day.

Welcome to stroll along.

In this series:

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

The last day in my NaPoWriMo history

2018: Just another day in Maremma
Olive tree:
Dog pulls
horse whinnies
girl falls
man clicks.
Olive tree:
Who says
nothing ever happens
in Maremma? (Read all.)
2019: Hello April Fools
We rely on the cycle
and the cycle is breaking.

We are beyond foolish.
We are dead fools.

What will go first?
Water? Food? The sea? (Read all.) 

2020: Dream house
“Are you nuts?
On a lagoon?
What about the mold
and the high tide,
the mosquitoes
and the smell,
musty rotten lagoon smell?
Blue Lagoon this isn’t!
What is its address,
Lagoon 1?” (Read on.)
2021: The roads not taken
But then
comes a year
when all the paths,
and low
unite in
not making the cut,
where we won’t go today, 
turn into
the path not taken. (Read all.)

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

33 thoughts on “Day Two & PPAC: Forma Viva 3.

  1. Manja, this was a fun read. Some of the sculptures – a little strange. The body parts in the refrigerator – ugh! The exposed woman… yikes! I can see why you might not have gone there as kids! LOL I love your poem that tells a cautionary tale, We should all take it to heart, but we need more effective practical ways to do so.

    “We rely on the cycle
    and the cycle is breaking.

    We are beyond foolish.
    We are dead fools.

    What will go first?
    Water? Food? The sea?”

    I read yesterday that Ju-Lyn started an account called the Practical Greenie dedicated to going green which I thought was an interesting step. Here is her post.

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    1. Haha, Marsha, that means that I’m strange… I could give them pretty, poetic descriptions too, I suppose, and yet I chose those. Even though those must be body parts for sure! That is only a part of the poem. Click where it says Read all at the end to read it in full. It’s pretty dark. Yes, I saw Ju-Lyn’s post. Thank you.

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  2. I love the poem and the osem / awesome wordplay. The photos too are wonderful, love the saltworks one, all of them, the ones used as backdrops for your poems. I might try that myself, it looks so good with the right image.

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    1. Aaaah, Selma! Such lovely words you have for me. ❤ That tweet in the first stanza was so powerful that it just got me going. I'm especially glad that I got to include the 8. You can have it! Thank you from all my parts, golden or not. 😉


  3. Thank you for bringing us back to Piran again and again. The sculptures suit the landscape nicely. (What a sobering note about growing up in Yugoslavia, though.) I’ve never seen saltworks; how interesting. And your poem was both fun and informative!

    p.s. Sorry about the Wizards-Mavs game. I was thinking of you…

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    1. Thank you, Carol Ann. Yesterday’s game changed everything. 🙂 I’m curious why you call it sobering. It was the best kind of growing up I could wish for: level. Not too much of everything, or too little. On our TV we had all sorts of films, east west north south. We could make our own minds. Yugoslavia was non-aligned after Tito said no to Stalin. Even amore didn’t know that. He expected a girl from the East to be… meeker, I’m sure. Hahha.

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      1. What a relief to hear about your level growing up in Yugoslavia. I think I made my comment because of a caption, which I read to say that the sculpture wasn’t brutal to you because you grew up in Yugoslavia (= brutal??)

        I’m so glad I was wrong. Your description makes so much more sense. In fact, it reminds me that I wrote a very long college paper on Worker Self-Management in Yugoslavia, which I considered to be a world model. And (another memory), I had applied for a Fullbright Scholarship to Yugoslavia. A very interesting country, as you rightly said.

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      2. Ohh, I see. Brutalist architecture is the term, I believe, given to Soviet-era style ugly blocks. 😀 You got the Scholarship and went to Yugoslavia? Wow! Where to?


      3. I wish I had received the scholarship, but it went to a more qualified candidate. I had done a lot of research about Yugoslavia before applying and was excited about the possibility. Meeting you reminds me of my goal. Now is probably the time. When someday I go to Slovenia, I’ll certainly seek your advice!

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  4. Those sculptures are in such a lovely setting 🙂 And in your poem I was struck by what you said about ‘wife’ meaning any woman in old English, as in the north east’s Geordie dialect it’s still used that way!

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    1. Interesting, Sarah! That whole first stanza of my poem with these facts about old English was taken from the Twitter account that posts peculiarities regarding English language, so it’s legit, I didn’t invent it. 🙂 Thank you!

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  5. I liked the photo of the intertwined limbs. Also, I hope to visit a saltworks in Piran one day, after we saw the museum there. I had no idea prior to visiting how important salt was to Piran’s history and current existence.

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