A poem beginning with a line by Richard Siken

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Blackbird, he says,
but there’s black and there’s black–
what color the feathers
the outer layer, not one
flat hue, more
complicated,
changed by
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and what is worn
inside, manipulated by movement
or inability to move–
what is invisibly
embraced or
abused, blood
colored by
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the subtlties lost
in labels, the categories fixed
in time—if we gave
the ordinary new
mysterious names,
looked underneath
the definitions—

we could open pages
and pages
heretofore
unseen
of inexplicable
and enchanted
life

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The NaPoWriMo Day 8 prompt asks us to “start with a line by another poet”–my eyes lit up when I saw the name Richard Siken–a wonderful artist/poet.  The first line above is from “The Language of the Birds”, one of my favorite of his poems.  Click the title to read it.

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Art inspired by Richard Diebenkorn.

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Lavendar Moon

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we are try
-ing to breathe, desperate
for clean air
uninfect
-ed by greed, ego, exploit
-ation, pollution

the moon does
not belong to you–
she belongs
to the night
sky, the cycle of light re
-turning from the dark

she dances
vast elemental
orbits to
time centered
beyond your indifference, your
vainglory, your lies

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For the NaPoWriMo day 7 prompt, a poem based on a news article.  You can find the news story I used here.  I took the photo, above, out my window at dusk last night.

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The art is inspired once again by Matisse.  And Los Lobos, with a great video rendition of Kiko.

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Back to the Garden

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The NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 6 asked us to be a voice from inside Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”.  Although I did a voice from outside the painting last year–On Seeing Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” –for NaPoWriMo, I couldn’t write anything from inside of it that didn’t seem too depressing for me today.  So I chose another piece of Bosch’s for my Ekphrastic review.

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I found the drawing above titled in 2 ways–The Trees Have Ears and the Field Has Eyes and The Hearing Forest and the Seeing Field. Both are true.

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the eyes talk–
have you heard them?
they breathe music
of earth stars–
light opening everything
as if you could fly

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And now I’ll visit Joni’s garden

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formulations

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The curve is filled with an intensity of emotions that stretches to eternity.
The curve trembles in fear.
The curve can taste the edges of the silence in its tentacles.

O Galileo!  What path can we follow away from the gravity of Earth?

The curve is empty, spilling its contents into a weightless void.

The mirror gathers the songs of the lost and echoes them back in a pulsing of 808s.
The mirror reflects the images of the night sky, magnifying the sound.

Remember the pattern:  E=mc2.

The voiceless parabola crosses between the lines.
The voiceless parabola becomes the lines.

Galileo burns all the mirrors.

If E=mc2 what does K=?

Our illusions will fail to be optical.
Our unborne illusions will overshadow our minds.
Our illusions will be part of the equation.

(Que Sera, Sera)

Our illusions will dance on our graves,
stretching forever along the curve of our blindness,
into the vast unknown.

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I thought the NaPoWriMo prompt list of random directions for writing a poem would result in something silly.  But that’s not where it wanted to go.

Art inspired by Richard Diebenkorn.

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here comes the sun

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Magnetic dream poetry for NaPoWriMo and Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above.

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Crow shades
the light as dawn walks
between the secrets
of my night

Listen

Roots breathe air
into birds
climbing bright song
through tendriled dark

Follow the wind

The Oracle, as always, gives good advice.

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