Expand your mind. Suspend disbelief and bring relief. Seize that fine line between yesterday and tomorrow. This moment, any moment, is yours to uncover. Whatever you find, wherever you find it, you’ll still be here when you get there; always be there, even when you return.
The deeper you go the more you’ll know. With no load to carry, the world is in your hands. Experience sonic expansion. More than memory, the mansion of your mind is a palace, no less than the world that surrounds you. More than you know, and more than that, awaits you.
This ekphrastic poem is my response to Day One at napowrimo.net, where the prompt is to write a poem inspired by the animated version of “Seductive Fantasy”, by The Sun Ra Arkestra.
Joy, like a flame A gift of enlightenment The warmth of intrinsic value Closer than the far horizon Saying goodbye
One aspect of my discovery of the community of poets at WordPress is the connections I feel I’ve made. While we cannot completely know all of the thoughts of those who are miles away and of whom we’ve never met, I think it’s possible to understand them through their poetry and to share that connection. Sue Vincent has been one of those connections. Sue has been much more than a poet, but there is poetry in everything she has written. She has weighed heavily on my mind since she told us of her grave illness, nearly six months ago. Since then, I have written four poems with her in mind, and I’ve culled some words from those poems to create this poem.
She will be missed. If you read anything of Sue’s, please read this.
The beauty held in the far horizon cannot be gauged until it is experienced. There is no chill in the unknowing, only an awareness of heights scaled and heights waiting to be achieved, the warmth of their intrinsic value.
Light or dark, each moment along the way brings me closer to enlightenment, the hindsight to reveal the gift within each moment, in that moment when all fog is lifted.
This poem, with 99 syllables, is a response to a challenge at The Carrot Ranch, which was to write prose of 99 words or a poem of 99 syllables, inspired by the provided photo (above). Although I inadvertently submitted an earlier draft of 98 syllables, the challenge was for a worthy cause, which was to raise funds to assist Sue Vincent with expenses incurred as she struggles with her illness. The entire collection of responses can be found here.
Obscured perception will
one day open to distinction.
What lies beyond?
KL Caley has taken over as torchbearer for the photo challenge started five years ago by Sue Vincent. This poem is my response to Beyond the Door – #writephoto Renewal, which uses the first photo used by Sue in her challenge.
the journey a gift of love, life, and Mother Nature
to write of hope
of survival, like a flame
to have mattered is a joy
to become a better vessel
letting go of illusions
learning how to say goodbye
tomorrow is an uncertainty,
rebirth an existence beyond this one
more than belief… the Design
brought into manifestation
part of the One, still part of the One
the fruits of our learning
the One is All… separation
through loss or death is illusion
seeing both sides of life
we know how deep love goes
in the end, choosing the way forward
learn from living
even more, dare to dream
love is always enough
This is a found poem. I hesitate to say it is a blackout poem, because I would not dream of blacking out one word from its source. Sue Vincent’s health is failing, and with no way of knowing when her time will have run its course, she has put into words her thoughts on life and what it will mean to be gone. The full body of that message, The Last Post? can be found at The Silent Eye. By no means is my poem meant to be a summation of her words. It is inspired by her message.
The heartache of our final moment shared,
at a distance greater with each passing second,
cannot be denied. You, nearing the horizon,
on a sea of sadness as I watch under a gray sky
bluer than any we have known together.