Wanderer above a Sea of Fog, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz


Wanderer above a Sea of Fog, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Cannot remember when I first stood here.
Always for the same issue of import.
Up, down, left, and right my stern eyes would peer.
Of course there was no change of any sort.

Fog will forever remain unaltered.
Mountains and hills will forever remain.
My speaking otherwise would be paltered.
Need to rid myself of this choking chain!

To the jungle I will have to return.
It like the fog different but the same.
From my trip tested on what did I learn?
Is this the time the jungle will be tame?

Fog results from its environment
Do we rid ourselves of steel and cement?


Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, also known as Wanderer above the Mist or Mountaineer in a Misty Landscape was done sometime around 1818 by the German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.  It is obvious that the fog stops the Wanderer from seeing things clearly.  It is quite obvious that Friedrich was thinking more than a guy on vacation.

I see this a being a message of a man attempting to understand the world, a world that was becoming more and more complex.  Much of  the western world was moving from agrarian to industry.  More and more people moving into cities.  So here we are, just shy of two hundred years since Friedrich did the painting and where are we?  Still on the top of a mountain looking down trying to see through the fog.

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, Lover of all beautiful things. I love to read and write poetry. My favorite hangouts are libraries and museums and yet I love being outdoors. I am a dreamer of things that could be.

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