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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Kabuki for Magpie Tales #122


Thanks, Tess Kincaid, for the image prompt!

Puddle, 1952, M. C. Escher


Kabuki 

Cedar saplings
precise as tinkers toys
stretch from root strings
toward denim-tinted sky.

Satellites skip cracks of time
track in and out
compound chaos of the stars
light the way for nacred moons.

The chamber of tomorrow
waits on a groove of air
where stairs like Escher's
carry all that disappears.

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This poem was first published in 2007.

My novel, Running with Scissors, is available
as print or PDF at Lulu Publishing and in e-book format at iTunes
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18 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

Such beautiful words, images... and congratulations on your novel!

Brian Miller said...

nice allusion to eschers other work there in the end...that middle stanza is so cool...and i like the tinkertoys ref too...they do look like that..

undercaws.com said...

Oh yes, this is a strong write. I like the allusion to escher, as well.

Tess Kincaid said...

I especially like "where stairs like Escher's carry all that disappears"...

izzy said...

I like the tinker toy idea! good one-

Daydreamertoo said...

Yes, congratulations on your novel!
Your prose is beautiful.
I love the denim-coloured sky.
So much about this to like!

Naquillity said...

you've been blessed with the gift of words. this is another great poem. congrats on your novel. i'm sure it's a great read as well. have a great night~

Linda said...

I love the play of the illusions in your poem, under the moon and the stars. Your images dance so beautifully. Thank you for sharing this illusive write, Tumblewords and congratulations on your novel!! =D

Mad Kane said...

Wonderful! I especially liked this: "The chamber of tomorrow
waits on a groove of air"
Madeleine Begun Kane

Jinksy said...

'Nacred moon' - lovely!

Lyn said...

Indeed, you've shown us what Escher can do...I kept looking at the image while reading the poem...excellent!

Helen said...

When I look up at the moon tonight, I will think of the glow as 'mother of pearl-like' ... lovely poem, lovely form.

Margaret said...

I love the title... the photo does have a japanese flavor to it.

insanebloom said...

Simply Beautiful!!!

Dave King said...

The first two stanzas are great, the third is just straight-ace brilliant.

ds said...

Wonderful...love the tinkertoys and nacred moon, and the reference to Escher. Perfect.
Congratulations on your novel, too!

Bee's Blog said...

I particularly like 'denim tinted sky'.What a wonderful description.

susan m hinckley said...

Ooh, there are a couple of images in this I just love -- the tinker toys, for one -- and particularly liked the last stanza. Nice.