Carapace

Carapace
who speaks?—carapace
dream landscape
indigo
blue paths going from nowhere
into nowhere else.

A shelter?–
a support?–cosmic
tree growing
up and up
with turtles all the way down
to infinity…

green sea turtle s

Sarah at dVerse asks us to consider the word blue. I did have a dream with a disembodied voice repeating “carapace”, and used it as inspiration for the shells I painted for the Kick-About prompt “Museum Wormarianum”. The dream was saturated in blues.

Both Nina and I have painted and drawn and photographed turtles and tortoises many times at memadtwo. They are wonderful–and need I say? endangered–creatures, believed by some cultures to hold the earth, and all life, on their backs.

And here’s some classic blues performed by the Turtle Island String Quartet.

31 thoughts on “Carapace

  1. When I see your carapaces I think of protective talismans. What a wonderful message to receive and such a beautiful way you’ve manifested the message. I also really like how the quartet did the rock and roll version of pachabel’s canon: hendrix’ hey joe. Very cool.

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  2. I can hear your muse calling out ‘carapace’ – and the paintings are stunning. I can picture them trying to carry the whole earth (including we who persecute them) on their backs.

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    1. Thanks Ingrid. A turtle shell does seem to be a natural resting place for the earth. In Hindu mythology elephants stand on the turtle’s back holding the earth. That is also a wonderful image.

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  3. A delightful combination of turtle poem, art and music, Kerfe! And we have indigo in common. The word ‘carapace’ feels lovely when it’s enunciated, with the hard and soft ‘c’ and the plosive ‘p’ in the middle, like a splash. I love the:
    ‘…cosmic
    tree growing
    up and up
    with turtles all the way down
    to infinity…’
    Terry Pratchett’s Discworld!

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  4. with turtles all the way down
    to infinity…

    First of all, that’s a lot of turtles, Kerfe 😉

    Second, I like the idea of going “down” to infinity, instead of “up” – that made me reread the words again to make sure I’d caught the meaning.

    I really enjoyed this a lot 😀

    Yours,
    David

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      1. Anything ‘beautiful’ built by humans beings, is usually borrowing from nature and even when the result is ‘beauty’ there’s always some price to pay in defiling the environment, and often in human suffering in building it.

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