Wonderland

Feed your head they said—what does that
really mean?  How can any time
be larger than now, more extreme
than here, this cosmic habitat?

Microscopic, yet infinite–
reflected, a mirrored convex
lens—adjust, open, refocus
your inner outer space—do you
need to follow white rabbits to
become unbounded—curious?

An espinela poem for Muri’s April Scavenger Hunt with vision as its subject, and following the NaPoWriMo prompt to write a poem that starts with a command. “Feed your head” was, somewhat strangely, the first command that popped into my mind (along with some Jefferson Airplane playing in the background), and fortuitously I had these cut up paintings from the Kick About prompt based on Marie Menken’s film “Lights”, which worked well with the words.

It’s all in context, perspective, how open your senses are to what surrounds you. What you notice. What notices you.

28 thoughts on “Wonderland

  1. I love your artwork, Kerfe. As for your poem, seeing as you asked [smile], although our world is so much smaller now with the internet, social media, and travel giving us access to all the secrets of the world, I think many of us are trapped in a time vortex that sucks us down and makes our lives and experiences narrower and narrower. I do think we need to make time to watch the cloud pictures and follow the white rabbit.

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    1. That’s a good point Robbie. I was thinking more of people feeling they need something like psychedelics (as in the Jefferson Airplane song) in order to see the wonders of the world, but you could substitute the virtual drug too. We do need more direct experience without an intermediary and our senses offer plenty of ways to get it.

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  2. Wonderful take on the prompt of vision!! It is all about perspective – always. I love the color and the sense that each circle is a microscopic field and a world unto itself! Put all together they become a dazzling universe of possibilities!! ❤

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  3. This reminds me of the TARDIS for some reason… I do happen to be one of those people who would follow a white rabbit wherever it takes me–but I agree, that particular journey is not necessary to become unbounded.🥰 I love what you said in your commentary: “It’s all in context, perspective, how open your senses are to what surrounds you. What you notice. What notices you.”💜🍃

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  4. “What notices you” indeed! We spend a lot of time imagining the attention of others, as in human beings, but it’s interesting to think how other creatures see us. I feel some of that alien perspective in these shapes and colors and gaps.

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  5. Kerfe, the images are arresting, goose-bump inducing, amazing.

    and that word – ‘unbounded’ – sits in my mouth. it has a taste of silver, somehow, silvery grey. an odd sensation, that your poem and art makes words have the taste of color, the texture of smooth stone ~

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    1. Thanks M. The original film played with color and light, and I tried to capture that in my art. It seems to be something we all respond to, yes, with sense rather than words.

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