Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cliff Walk

Monet's "Cliff Walk at Pourville" (Source: Wikipedia)

they stand at
great height from the sea.
Her red parasol
puffs in the wind
and beats it back
as a regatta races
with it swift
to the horizon.
They are cliff-flowers
rooted and bound to earth
but all their thoughts
are with the waves--
blue, green, purple
frothed with white
floating an escape
or flying away with the
white swan clouds
to parts unknown.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I begin

On a gray morning
devoid of all color
I begin.
Sleep, stillness still reigns
not just in me
but in the delicate souls
that share my space
and give it fullness.
Next, coffee.
so I begin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Awaiting Pluto

Source: NASA, color added by me

Pluto looms in Horizons' eye
While we wait with baited breath
For the images it will send back
From this tiny king of death

Horizons is Pluto's Persephone
Led down to this "under" world
No longer a planet, yet Charon still leads
As around his master he twirls

We see your heart and your great, black whale
Swimming with a dark glee
Your secrets, Pluto, still yours to keep
'Til we land there one day, and see.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Corn Maiden Paintings

Inspired by the legend of the Corn Maiden and carved fetishes I saw in New Mexico, I painted my own interpretations of them. Watercolor and sumi ink on etegami card paper.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

After Visiting Mars

Source: NASA

Mars is dead.
Its ancient, tired soil interred
beneath a rusty dust
Its surface, the blood-stained hue of
battlegrounds, a plain of heroes' graves.

Mars is dead.
Its heart, its core, never beat
in time to victory's drums
It never breathed or sighed
or sweated from its pock├Ęd brow.

Mars is dead.
Life ne'er emerged from frozen seas
dashed to heaven, ice flung to stars
That blast, and wind and sand
were Mars' defeat, at last.

(Ed.: I wrote this after reading "The Martian," by Andy Weir, an amazing novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars, and after reading the Wikipedia entry on Mars, as well as viewing Rover photos on NASA.)