For NaPoWriMo, in the style of Kay Ryan.
For NaPoWriMo, in the style of Kay Ryan.
an enchantment spelled
in the blue whisper of your voice
disembodied in the dim light–
a pretense of sushi and saki–
a stolen hour
the stitches accumulate,
suspended from needles
awakening color and fiber
into patterns, images,
a glittering ocean of blue
massive celestial waves
unmoored no longer conjoined–
an ancient sentient land
how can I remain here,
undecided on the edge,
an intruder seeking
to override forces
I neither recognize nor understand?
the bow hovers between
contingencies, conclusions, desires–
I hold my breath
inside the heart’s beating wings
The NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a poem in which you first recall someone you used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job you used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that you saw once and that has stuck with you over time. Finally, close the poem with an unanswerable question. A prompt that seems ready made for a cadralor. The first four stanzas answer the prompt. Stanza 5 is the conclusion required by the cadralor form, the one that illuminates a gleaming thread that runs obliquely through the unrelated stanzas and answers the compelling question: “For what do you yearn?”
where am I going?
dawn breaks slowly dense and grey–
blue jays are calling
…and so it begins with essence—unmeasured, all-seeing, untranslatable, present.
What is really there–here? Everywhere. It gathers nowhere, takes all in. Releases the vast emptiness of center. Unpredictable but never random. Jumping through and crossing over. Falling down down down into the other side of what was never, into the opposite of what is.
Only the light. The compass that points in all directions, overlapping and then merging into pure vibration. A conduit of currents, waves with wings, voices without identifiable form or name. Pinpoints glittering against the darkness, floating on the gasp of final breaths, forever on the verge.
Belonging neither to man nor to god nor to anything in between.
Immersed in song.
This prose poem is a revision of a revision of a revision (no doubt to be continued). The art, on the other hand, was an experiment that exceeded my expectations. And so it goes.
For NaPoWriMo Day 15, on the eve of the full moon, where the prompt is to “write a poem about something you have absolutely no interest in”. To put it plainly,
I have no
interest in writing
about something I
have no interest in
But I’m enjoying reading the rants of my fellow poets on the subject.
secretly you hold the cosmos
it were a newborn child–
overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude the latitude the longitude–
in its capacity to expand and carry
inside your body at the intersection of all dark,
The prompt for NaPoWriMo Day 11 is to write a poem about a very large thing. I’ve used the waltmarie form with the subject of healing, prompt 12 from Muri’s April Scavenger hunt. I love the way this form illuminates itself with its interior verse.
I’m not sure it ever existed,
I remember it well–
romanticized in living color,
where is that film now?
It disappeared while we
over the rainbow.
We thought we could stop time,
inhabit that first
shining moment again and forever
as we continued to rehearse
of cinematic chaos–
myth disguised as memory,
turned into proofs.
Behind the glass, nostalgia.
Is that me?
Is that you? We dreamed
ourselves onto a tiny screen
a storied past–fools exposed
in artificial light.
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.
My hand traces invisible lines through each day.
Life has its endings, but I wonder again why and
how do we create so many boundaries? How
much do we know of what we call ourselves? And what
more is left, at this late date, to be discovered there?
Of what am I really thinking when, with sudden fear,
it seems that everything is impossible, that nothing
remains? Have I used it all up–the synapses firing,
the cells’ ability to regenerate rather than destroy? The
night and the day and the sky and the land? Why
is it so difficult to relocate the silence, that interlude of
brief completion when everything is being born again?
The NaPoWriMo prompt today is a reverse Golden Shovel poem–instead of placing the words from the selected poem at the end of each line and writing around it, the words are placed at the beginning. Either way, it’s a good way to approach writing when you’re stuck. I’ve chosen a haiku from Masaoka Shiki for my poem, but I’m adding a little afterward from Joan and Bob.
Tears of rage, tears of grief
Why must I always be the thief?
Come to me now, you know we’re so alone
And life is brief
Also for Muri’s prompt of a Golden Shovel poem with the theme of change.
I can’t dispute the Oracle’s words.
black blows the skywind–
raw shadowships raining
the bitter storm language of lies
into the bare breasts
of dead mothers
you ask for spring
and the music of love
when the sun is swimming
through seas of boiling blood—
what can grow here?
“There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.”
–General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Since Nina and I started blogging in 2014 I’ve posted far too much art about war.
They’re sending out bird machines pasted to the sky over a smoke-filled collage of clouds and burning buildings. In the silence of departure, on a pathway of storms, I turn away from the life I’ve known towards the unforeseen, tangled in bare branches, winter, all of it retreating from a world that contains no escape.
Between the above and the below, floating uneasily, ghostly silhouettes shadow my footsteps as I head blind into a collision with the invisible horizon, held captive by a threshold that seems to extend forever.
No shelter appears here on this road of leaving.
Clinging to tattered
wings, sparrow searches for some
anywhere to land.
Merril at dVerse has given us some wind-tossed paintings to use as inspiration for Ekphrastic verse. I chose the painting below, by Joseph Farquharson, ‘Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to West’
The first part of this one went quickly, but the Oracle made me work for the last 2 lines. Only when I decided to see if I could make the word “illusions” would She let me complete it. “Life is but a dream” or so they say.
in tongues of blue mist–
as if moons
though shadows above still water–
illusions of time