Sunday, October 27, 2013

Storyteller

le Jardin, 1962, by Max Ernst 
Hold me as close to your fantasies as I will ever come.

Wave a magic wand
over forgotten fastenings;
wake me from the hollow tree.

How big is a halo, a button, a zipper pull?

Your eyes flash parable blue,
pan with anticipation,
tighten to close-ups of hands and feet.

Nothing is lost on the cutting room floor;
whisper a sweet amen at the end.

Remember this holy travelogue,
so it can be told over again,
without pillars of cloud.

Expose my gothic wings.

God and all the saints are gone; only kitsch remains.


tk/October 2013


Another excellent read from the incomparable R.A.D. Stainforth: 



17 comments:

  1. exquisite poetry Tess! and belated Happy Birthday greetings!

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  2. Nothing is lost on the cutting room floor.

    Except in the painting itself, eh?

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  3. Has to be one of my all time favorites!

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  4. Full of beautiful surprises..lovely..don't lose those Gothic wings!!

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  5. Beautiful images waiting to take flight

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  6. "parable blue" is lovely...and somehow reorienting the image gives her a much more active, expectant (and messy-bedclothed) look.

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  7. Nothing is lost on the cutting room floor

    That's right, it takes a cutter's skill to ensure this. Great write Tess!

    Hank

    Hank

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  8. Its quite melodious, perhaps a nascent song ?, i lived it , yes lived

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  10. By the time I get here it's all been said but very enjoyable, like lyrics to a song Tess!

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  11. 'Kitsch' is 'schtick' spelled backwards...well sort of.
    The present day is all gagged up by Lady Gaga and her kind -- overblown, in-your-face and crassly commercial. You can't escape her wherever you ride. Instead, I'll take the 'eltbus'...any time. ;-)

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― O. Henry (and me)