OF SELF’S ILLUSION
After Stables, 1913-14 by Franz Marc
it was music that fell first to structure of decibels
assigned to silence
vivified in shattered mirrors
frozen on amazement of sharp design
roundness and straight line
blent and mingled by the eye which craved surprise
and found it
in the way
reality was torn and lent to something lost amid
panels of illusion
curtains of suggestion
something behind something
to make more movement
a face here—a hand there—a listening
a force of unreality so strong
it becomes clear
even as it shards away
into the next kaleidoscopic shift of self’s illusion
THE SILENCE OF THE SCREAM:
in a fool’s cap
pleading for madness
flat to the wall of dampness
the air closing
against the scream
which is rising
for the sake of screaming
that old dream of dread
how to simply merge
through the solid doorway
TAKE MY WORDS
for what they are—they are words.
I never meant to say them,
but the brokenness was there
and the heart replied—spilling like blood.
I emptied. You recoiled.
Turned white as my mirror.
I died then, in a rage so beautiful
I took it as a life lesson.
When silence does not work—when
patience does not work—when lies
and truth are stuck together like an
explanation—words tangle together
so beautifully they do their terrible
work despite all repercussion—
silence as aftermath—purified and calm,
the rage-heart beating again.
After “Silence” by William Carlos Williams
Something as silent as a whir of thought
in its passing—
as bird shadow, peripheral,
as the moment is slow
in its impression—
what else is there to note
and lose before the loss is realized?
The bird has no name
so I call him silence.
I make up my own prayers for him.
The bird has no eyes
so I call him Dark.
He looks at me through color.
The bird has no mind
so I call him Oblivion.
He sings and sings.
(first pub. in Hibiscus Magazine, 1988)
QUESTIONING THE SILENCE
If I could take words into my silence,
I might call you love, I might call you
ragged witch of heaven.
But words are hard to hear. We never
speak. Great vowels of pain take form
and we are lost again in one another.
Once there were two of us, spitting and
snarling like cold water on hot stones.
It was a wilderness. We were the beasts.
Even the cities ignored our strange ways
of walking with shadows at night,
and dreading the lack of them by day.
What’s in a silence
that must be given form—
that must be taken apart to be solved?
There is a loon cry—I have never
heard one—and an owl cry I think I heard
once. That comes closest to what I mean.
I am one lonely town. You are another.
How come we stayed, or left
Even the walls have stopped listening.
I talk again to old blue stones
that don’t respond, but shift and stare
from their blue depth, deflecting light
as secretive as what I write—
with all the meanings hidden where
nothing betrays… nothing atones…
After Circle Limit III, 1959 by E.M. Escher
all I did was follow the circles to the center
coming anew to this roundness
as to a place
and there you were
with your old reflection
your sad eyes
your inarticulate mouth
which opened and closed
the distortion of this thought:
and true to the eloquence of art
with all its longing—its ambition
glass walls and sunlight—the timing it takes,
and once again a failure to amaze the critics,
and we, in our old routine, move silently
around each other in a love-like dance:
how gracefully we blend in studied sensuality.
WEIGHT OF SILENCE
Must I always
write of stones
and bring them
in heavy poems?
Thank you, thank you to Joyce Odam for today’s poems and pix exploring Silence. Our new Seed of the Week is Green, celebrating the season! Send poems, photos and artwork about that subject (or any other!) to email@example.com/. No deadline on SOWs.