Excellent Vito, I have learned a lot from this exchange of ours, about the relationship between the writer and the reader, for which I am grateful.
As readers, even though we say we are reading a story or a poem, in essence we are having a conversation with an author. While we don’t have the luxury of observing body language and other subtle nuances of expression, we do have an opportunity to witness character traits that come across in tone, style, content and other factors that make up an authors voice.
Even if most of the construction of a piece is conscious, the result, as you said forms the negative space of the piece. Quite similar to a painters relationship with light or the sculptors relationship with emptiness or the singers relationship with breath.
When I read (or observe, listen to, touch) art, I am learning about the creators and their interaction with the deeper realities, the positive space.
But, the artists are doing the same. Different roles or views, but essentially the same and co-dependent. Creation is never a solitary act and even if a particular piece doesn’t endure centuries, the creative force behind it has a butterfly effect to a greater or lesser degree through time.
A lot goes on at a subconscious level.
I was curious about the three and nine because of their qualities. Two, as you say, a simple expression of a relationship, a geometric line. Three forms a triangle, the first dynamic form, but also the number at which rhythm is established. Nine is the ‘highest’ form of the three, dynamism squared, metaphysical double tetrahedron. So, if one considers those two numbers in terms of relationship (in addition to the diamonds and clubs), one could make an argument for your poem being a metaphor for the interaction between the symbolism of those two cards…. I realize that’s pushing the envelop of all things rational, but … such is life :), or art, or somewhere between the two.
And, I guess appreciators of art are allowed as much freedom of interpretation as the artist is, right?
Anyway, thank you for your wonderful work and insight.