Snake Eagle Thinking Path – Geoglyph


October 16, 2015 by petrujviljoen

Snake Eagle thinking path

Kindly visit Site Specific, South Africa and be astonished. The organisers invite written meditations based on the work – all details are available on the site. Spend some time now, won’t you?

Following is an acrostic poem I made.

Spaced rhythmic pace, step quietly
Nature’s temple welkin canopied
Ancestral universe mapped
Knowing the Way without a name
Evolving spirit journeys the distant interior

Ever undulating on
Archaic stone – limned
Globes, in this wise realise
Light – the wind has taken shape
Exultant vibrancy of Life, of Earth

Timeless pulse of motion – I
Having stepped: a quest
I – the private reason –
Nurture the sacred flame
Keen with the breeze
Nascent strength
Grasping the inner life

Perfect return to enigmatic creation
Artless designation
Time remains silent
Here be healing

Petru J Viljoen
16 October 2015

I linked this work  to for the Open Link Night. Visit to read other people’s contributions.

34 thoughts on “Snake Eagle Thinking Path – Geoglyph

  1. Bryan Ens says:

    Your poem has a meditative quality to it…jus like the snake eagle walking path

  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    What is really amazing about these cosmic works of art is beyond their huge size. If you ever have tried to do large art (I painted scenes on scrims for theater), you realize that it is nearly impossible to gain/get perspective without moving away/up from the work; that’s why the UFO-ologists believe there was alien intervention/coaching. Something to ponder. I like your lines
    /nascent strength/grasping the inner life/perfect return to the enigmatic creation/.

    • One can see how this artwork was done, but how did the previous artists (if that’s what they were) make those huge drawings on the land and how did they get so perfect without the benefit of an aerial view? And if they did have an aerial view how did they get up there? A balloon, which is an older invention than we think. I take things from memory and can’t point to particular sites right now. Easy to google (if one had a strong internet connection). 🙂 Thanks for visiting and appreciating the work, mine and the artists that made the Snake Eagle.

  3. lupitatucker says:

    I like what you did with the acrostic, i have seen several acrostic poems but the seem forced. Yours, however flows well and I really like your last line: there be healing here.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my poetry blog!

  4. Abhra says:

    I like the effect of eternity you create by saying time is silent. Well penned.

  5. Hope you don’t mind if i share yoUr path..

    Sunsets gleam through eagles WinGs..
    Nature’s beast of feathered SinGs..
    Ajoy beak says.. spiraLinG Son..
    Kepher soaRs foRce ONe..
    Eagle eYes Blue skeYe..

    Earth replies
    All Alive..

    The Valley
    Has new breed..
    Ink of path
    No plan

    ALL iS..
    TiMe N0W
    Hath InNate Sprite..:)

  6. This is a wonderful acrostic poem. I work within a native community and I especially appreciate the last line of your poem.

    “Time remains silent
    Here be healing”

    • We have so much to learn from and about all ‘primitive’ or ‘native’ societies and nations that live on a different level than most western minded people.

  7. kanzensakura says:

    I am always amazed by these works of art that can only be seen from the air. It just blows me away how they did it and executed it and the thoughts of who they thought would see it. I majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Native Archaeology and had the extreme blessing of studying the petroglyphs made by the Indigenous People here in the US. So beautiful and how they speak! Your acrostic with this example is incredible.

  8. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Incredible work here.. i m seriously awed…!!

  9. Grace says:

    I admire the acrostic and the spiritual healing of nature ~ I will checking out the link ~

    Thanks for sharing ~

  10. Bodhirose says:

    The great mystery is why people worldwide were compelled to create these art forms. I find the whole thing fascinating…thanks for the link. I took some time and read up on these things. Your acrostic is a lovely homage to a most amazing creation.
    Gayle ~

  11. The art in creating that eagle is fascinating – that continuous line – like a thought, meandering. To us an acrostic to depict that thought seems exactly free, yet bound.

  12. The eagle is such a powerful symbol, and has been used in so many cultures. I know here in the western United States it is an important totem among the American Indians. Our paper had an article yesterday about petroglyph that have been discovered here in Nevada that date back 10500 years. Mind boggling.

    • Indeed. South Africa boasts many ‘primitive’ art sites, mainly done by the San or Khoisan or Bushmen. (Same name for the same people). I learnt the other day it’s an ongoing process, extant shamans still do it. Fascinating stuff.

  13. Jessica Ryan says:

    Wonderful allusion in the final line.

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