Laura at dVerse provided lists of word-threesomes to choose from to write a sequence of three poems. Sun, moon, earth jumped out at me and the Oracle seemed the right place to go to construct verse using those three words.
1 ask the sun if dusk feels as full as the dawn
2 ask the moon if dark is as deep as always
3 ask the earth if between grows roots with seedsong
Even though paint, tint and grey do not exist in the Oracle tiles, those were words that I kept seeing this morning. After I figured out how to make them, the rest of the words fell into place.
When I was looking for art, I came across the above drawing, misfiled among some old collages. It seemed just right, and I went looking for the right folder, which contains a series of landscapes I did inspired by some landscapes I had seen by Georg Baselitz, which had black lines and spare use of color. The one above is colored pencil on an ink marker drawing I did as one of my original black and white ideas. That uncolored drawing is below.
Later on I painted the landscape without black lines, in gouache (the top landscape). I thought this sequence, backwards, contained the feeling in the Oracle’s words today.
the black-tinted shadow of sleep paints an ache swimming through the whisper of stilled sunlight
a grey language lies beneath the early sky
as a raw mist plays with the bare bones of time you say less and less
My message this morning from the Oracle. I woke once again to clouds, but the sun is shining now.
spring winters deep beneath the riverpath– a dark season thicker than dusk
did you fall moonwandering into the long night?
or were you too bird-rooted and windwild to see? that earth also breathes light– full of treesong, growing in-between
The art is from NaPoWriMo 2018, when all my accompanying artwork was inspired by painter Joan Mitchell. I haven’t thought that far ahead this year; this April, I’ll just be visiting the archives for art I think.