multitudes of changing colour, condensed motion, thoughts full

1
we can hear the universe sing
on the edge of time–
from nothing, vast light

2
earthshine–
reflections of change and reprise
spilling from our eyes

3
a map
sweeping life away–
mountain water green

4
what was not, now is–
what holds the earth’s hand
as being collides?

5
from the inside out,
like the tides,
become somewhere else

Laura at dVerse asked us to use the last lines of our recent poems to construct a new poem of at least 12 lines. I went through all my poems both here and on memadtwo from November 1 until now, only adding one word, like, with the tides. The title is from the last line of a sijo, hence its length, as opposed to my normal preference for short lines.

Fairy Tale World 2022

1
Once upon a time, wonder.  Inside narrative, it becomes lost, leaves only invisible tracks.  Who will see them, find them, save them?  Always a long journey to the center of the spiral.

where
is happily?
nowhere to be

seen–
and after?
suddenly it engulfs

2
Over rainbows, they said, somewhere, lies the road to NirvanaDon’t be fooled, they said, by the enticing Road to Ruin.  But where to begin?  Where, even, is the rainbow?  I appeal to the mystery hidden inside darkness.

track
my journey
by the moon

Two quadrilles for dVerse, where Merril provided the word track. I was inspired to write these by Lisa at Tao Talk, who used “once upon a time” as the beginning of one of her troikus for her poetry postcards this year. I’ve illustrated the quadrilles with some of my own poetry postcards from 2021, where I printed some of my moon photos and gave them words.

point of departure

spin and spiral
engulfed in wonder
stirred into awakening
blood quickening through

the heart caught pounding
between yearning and fear–
earthsurge pulses
in a wild rhythmic dance

of elemental music–
sensory patterns that become
a voyage of inception
whirling itself alive

Sherry at earthweal asked us to Write a poem about Earth’s wild music. And Sarah’s W3 prompt was a poem of 12 lines or less that includes a contrast of images or ideas in response to her poem “Work in Progress.”

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Gunshot.
Forgot.

Passed on out of earshot.
Resting in a blind spot.

Didn’t make it is the upshot.
Hit the target, won the jackpot.

Every big shot
Bound gagged and bought.

Gunshot gunshot gunshot.
Just another onslaught.

Headline.  Snapshot.
Prayers and thoughts.

The prompt from Bjorn at dVerse was to write a poem of dissonance. The article he referred us to spoke of how such a poem should make us uncomfortable. Everything makes me uncomfortable these days.

I have also responded to Muri’s poem/prompt at W3, where she asked for a poem of monorhymes either at the beginning or the end of the line. I’ve put it in the hexaduad form.

bending light

bare branches
so still
they turn to stone

and skip across
the water
rearranging

crosscurrents–
altering
form and function

The NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 18 is to “write a poem based on the title of one of the chpaters from Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Word“. I chose “bending light”.

the great beyond

I consulted the Oracle this morning while thinking about Colleen’s #TankaTuesday theme chosen by Merril, immortality. I was surprised when I went to post it how it follows the Oracle’s message from last week–beyond to the great beyond. Although I am consumed, one might even say overwhelmed, by my moving tasks, as long as my computer is still assembled I will continue speaking with the Oracle on Saturdays.

black as death
we say—but what lies
whispering
like wind like
skyshadow singing through blue
lightdreams and still seas?

remember
the rhythm dancing
dazzled with
starsisters–
embrace the open window–
vast secrets flying

Soundings

tides entombed in unchanging light,
reflecting the absent sky,
shimmering with intangibles–
an ancient web woven with stories–

the stilled sea contemplates its origins–
heavy with the cadences of gravity
boundaried by the afterlife–
tides entombed in unchanging light–

surrounded and asunder, astonishment
becomes tinged with enigmatic clarity–
holding particles of stars as if enshrined,
reflecting the absent sky–

the fulcrum rests inside the echo
of what endures, arising
from an aqueous womb
shimmering with intangibles–

the circle continues, horizonless,
quivering in confluence–
who can refuse the voices of the sea?–
an ancient web woven with stories–

I’ve been futzing around with this all week, inspired by the Kick-About prompt, Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez, and the earthweal challenge natural forces. The painting above, my first attempt, probably has 20 painted layers. Watercolor looks very different wet, and each time it dried I was dissatisfied with the result.

Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez was an Austrian artist who designed a diving bell, below, so he could paint the landscape that existed under the sea. This was in the 1860s–both crazy and fantastic. His paintings have an eerie green magic, which was what I was trying to capture.

Eugen Ransonnet-Villez

Because what is the sea but the most elemental of magic?

Like Ransonnet-Villez, I wished to immerse myself inside of it. Being at the moment concrete-bound, I could only try to conjure it with words and paint.

Heirloom

This is not my grandmother’s
bathroom with the huge tub,
large enough to hold several grandchildren–
a porcelain ship with feet–

the bathroom with its huge tub
where I would stare at the angel on the wall
from inside a porcelain ship with feet,
hoping to grow wings.

I would stare at the angel on the wall,
thinking about my mother–
hoping to grow wings
in my hiding place, alone.

I’m thinking about my mother’s
bathroom, where I would sit
in my hiding place alone,
by myself–watching Cupid’s face

on the bathroom wall, where I would retreat,
away from my parents and brothers,
by myself, watching Cupid’s face
until they pounded on the door.

I hid away from my parents and brothers
and then I hid away from my children
(until they pounded on the door)–
and now I have my very own bathroom,

away from my children–
still my arms remain large enough to hold them.
I have my very own bathroom now–
but I always remember my grandmother’s.

Mish at dVerse asked us to write a poem about a meaningful object starting with “This is not a __”. I changed the “a” to “my”, and wrote a sort-of pantoum.

I don’t have much from my grandmother, but this photo traveled from her bathroom, to my mother’s, to mine.

the magic of mirrors…

2020

The year feels shattered–
a frozen folly
disintegrated into pieces without
ever beginning.

It pulls me apart
when I try to hang on–
not exactly dying, although
death lingers in the spaces between—

endless hurricanes
spinning out lightning
starting fires everywhere–
a frenzied weariness,

soaked to the bones
with endings that refuse
to complete themselves, but linger
on and on and on and on…

Who has hidden the seeds?
who has broken the wheel,
drawn fault lines in the seasons?
Return seems distant, only a dream,

a feeling, a fleeting image
of blues and greens–
light and new birth,
the shimmering moon reflected in the sea.

For the dVerse prompt of folly, suggested by Jade Li.

Once again, art from the archives. And that song has been playing in my brain.

intersections 2

birdlings in space s

The Oracle’s enigmatic message this morning had me looking through my archive of birdlings art. This one fit the bill.

slow she sails like stars,
kissing awake
the broken heart,

healing the holes of decay
that devour time–

fools are born
dancing
with the universe–
surrounded by the rhythm
of dazzled skies