Confluence

1
The music of birds gathers
in the minglings of sky and trees.

2
Voices weave separate paths that cross
each other and echo into themselves.

3
Who arranges the sequences
into song, the patterns into stories?

4
Who maps the contingent journey
of roots and branches?

5
Who casts the landscape into wings
that lift spirit into light?

I’ve been wanting to try a cadralor, and Bjorn at dVerse gave me a push by suggesting the form in his prompt. I’ve also been worrying a poem for earthweal, where Sherry asked us to look for “moments of collateral beauty“. Having a specific form to work with helped me to organize my thoughts.

I know: birds again. Yes.

The stitching was inspired by the art of Joan Mitchell, as was all the art I did for NaPoWriMo 18. It seems a lifetime ago now.

48 thoughts on “Confluence

  1. The stitching, like grains of rice… ❤️ And “who” is the closest language we’ll ever get to that of the birds who’ll snatch them up.

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  2. I was feeling a little gloomy this morning. Your lovely poem has cheered me up. Thank you. I will give this form a shot. I did an embroidery course many years ago…stitching is very therapeutic and creative.
    Who indeed ? Not hard to guess is it !

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    1. Thanks Jane. I need to get back to more stitching. I’m still very unfocused and seem to spend all my time doing a little of this and a little of that but not getting much of substance done.

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  3. Each stanza is like a koan, with its question that wants us to look under the hood and find an answer. You’ve made your visuals very potent, and I think you do both jobs here perfectly: the form and the concept of beauty that just occurs no matter our circumstance, or perhaps because we have learned to see through our circumstance, .

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