Sunday, March 31, 2013

inside that bowl, I see the whole world

Between Heaven and Hell, 1989 by Jacek Yerka 
what powders I will find in the jars
the now dry petals are still so freshly scented
in my slumber I am lost to the world
stone is cold but my place is warm
that clutter calls out for order
no words are written on the walls
yet the spoons and ladles read the pit
give me a staff I will break the locks of the drawers
the moon may play a truant after dawn
I will then run after sunshine
seasoned flavors will never fail
it is never curtains for a cat

"alert in the walls, the couple watches 
while I ruminate my dominance"

40 comments:

Jinksy said...

It would be curtains for the cat in any kitchen of mine! :)

laura said...

I love the style of this poem. The word play is so surreal which I absolutely love. It sounds like a mystical kitchen with an allegorical comic cat!!!

Kathe W. said...

this is so true-! Love this! Living with a cat is surreal...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love "the moon may play a truant after dawn"..........this has a cool allegorical feeling to it. I so enjoyed it.

Strummed Words said...

What fun for a cat!

SaraV said...

Really enjoyed the flow of this poem and that phrase "the moon may play truant after dawn" as well as the seasoned sunshine--Wonderful!

oldegg said...

There is something about Yerka's paintings that really envelopes you and then you discover tranquility is threatened and a frightening truth is revealed. Likewise your words too woo us but at the same warn us because we are both blind and deaf.

Haiku Tuna said...

I love the surreal. Thank you for the introduction to Yerka, can't believe I am just now learning of his work.

Helena said...

Cats rule - don't they...?lol

drew said...

I like this on its own: "no words are written on the walls yet the spoons and ladles read"

Altonian said...

Wonderful! It reads as though Salvador Dali had put down his brush and taken up poetry.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Wonderful images.... :-)

Susie Clevenger said...

the moon may play a truant after dawn...love that line. Great imagery throughout the whole piece. It definitely gives a voice to the painting.

Other Mary said...

I love your last two lines!

Kim Nelson said...

I want to step into that kitchen!

Old Ollie said...

cute and clever wordplay

dsnake1 said...

funny, i was writing about a cat too. :)

good imagery.

Lisa Williams said...

Wonderful poem!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love your interpretation of this painting.

Green Speck said...

A good story :-)

Stan Ski said...

Word and picture combination work well together.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Lovely! I especially liked this:
"the moon may play a truant after dawn
I will then run after sunshine"

anthonynorth said...

A wonderfully surreal piece.

brenda w said...

=^..^= Love it!

veronica said...

Surreal as the painting. I think everyone has said what I would say. Good whirl!

Cheryl said...

Your title is good. I like the first two lines. The rest is a little hard to follow but it sits well with the painting.

Jules said...

I like how the spoons and ladles read the pit...of the soup pot?
And the cat...just waits warming itself upon the stove. It is perhaps good to be a cat...at least for that cat!

I have seen this illustration has prompted a number of pieces.

We can only visit so many in the time we have and still find time to write. Visit when you can - when you are able, when you choose ...there is no set time :)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, I love everything about this post! (And thanks for your kind comment at my blog.)

Grace said...

I specially like the opening lines ~ Creative take on the picture ~

Cheers ~

soulsmusic said...

I like the world you see in that bowl, it is beautiful and other worldly, which suits the speaker and his/her way of seeing things. Hoping all is well with you,

Elizabeth
http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/

teri said...

A special image that you can walk right into. Your words brought it to the next level and made magic. Thank you for your comments on my poem. See you again soon.

Celestial Dreamz said...

very clever ... and beautiful :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The moon as a truant is a delightful image!

Please consider removing word verification. It is very difficult to read,and it discourages bloggers(and I am one of them) from leaving comments. If you fear spam, then please use comment moderation. Thank you very much!

Awhirl with Richard Wright

Kartikeya Pandit said...

What a beautiful painting of words!

Tumblewords: said...

An enigmatic read - matches the image perfectly.

Tess Kincaid said...

Ah that truant moon...lovely write...

Lady Whispers said...

What a different kind of poem
Like it.

Anya Padyam said...

I am in total awe; at the range of poetry you create...

You are an amzingly versatile poet and a absolutely great one too!

Adhi Das said...

a story within a poem..amazing lines.smiles:) GOD<3U

mindlovemisery said...

I am with Sherry that was my favorite line too! Just brilliant. It is almost like reading a painting very cool