The Pines of Memory

The reservoir always feels deserted–
needled earth, filtered sun,
a perpetual twilight pining away
eternity in framed minutiae.
I can taste the scented secrets,
the startled rustle of the unseen–
familiar shadows of currents bedeviled
by ghostseeds scattered unpollinated,
left hanging unconed.  I hold
the image of what is not there–
fragmented, pierced, and resinated–
painting everything in deep
dusky raw rudimentary green.

For the NaPoWriMo prompt today: write your own poem titled “The ________ of ________,” where the first blank is a very particular kind of plant or animal, and the second blank is an abstract noun. The poem should contain at least one simile that plays on double meanings or otherwise doesn’t quite make “sense,” and describe things or beings from very different times or places as co-existing in the same space.

Not sure I met all the parameters, but the title seems right anyway.

27 thoughts on “The Pines of Memory

  1. Loved those last two lines especially, and pinpoint – rudimentary green.

    You know you could do a whole “coffee table book” of just your “round” paintings, always favorites of mine.

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    1. Thanks Neil. I appreciate the vote of confidence–I certainly have enough of those paintings. But as I’ve told other people–I love books, but the world already has too many of them. I understand the impulse to publish, but the closest I will ever get is maybe making my own.

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      1. Never heard that reasoning before – amusing (to me). I could part agree however. Like me, no intention to make a hardcopy book (why), besides what a way to be – non-engaged – so I regard my blog/website as my book (actually it is in many ways). Now maybe you could consider the same – make a blog that is just ONLY those paintings as you want, so viewers could just see/appreciate in purer publication. Just saying (the internet CAN be a varied use tool), not that you’re not fine just as you are – because you are.

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        1. That’s a good point of view. I do think far more people see my work on my blog than would ever see it in a book. I won’t say no, but I’m too scattered at the moment to think about it. I can’t handle the blogs I have.

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