Running on Empty


Photo Credit: Earl Leatherberry

Photo Credit: Earl Leatherberry

Days of stone heart and emptiness
hang over the valley like a pall
until the artisan’s arrow of tranquility
pierces dreamtime, urges seekers
to climb out of the morass they created,
to carve hope from a sacred mountain,
to find time alone, to bathe in tears,
to cleave to unseen sources of joy
that flow beneath desert sand
from the brush of the artist.

Linked to dVerse Poets’ Open Link Night

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

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18 thoughts on “Running on Empty

  1. shanyns says:

    Yes! Oh yes! Very good! A call to action and art.

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  2. Mary says:

    Beautiful scene painted by your words, Victoria!

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  3. This is so lovely – really resonates with me.

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  4. This brings back the beauty of desert to me.. So the artist (you) created the longing for the desert in me.

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  5. kaykuala says:

    The artist sees with his ears and come up with wonders! Nicely Victoria!

    Hank

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  6. …then you will appreciate this hidden aspect of my poem today… in Hebrew the word “ohr” aleph vov resh means “light” the word “ohr” ayin vov resh means “skin” so if you look at the photo again you will see how it is similar to our luminous skin… there are teaching stories about this and the innocence of the first Adam/human… before he tasted from the tree of knowledge.

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  7. Thanks Victoria… love the words you sent… is that the whole poem or a section?

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  8. Poet Laundry says:

    Beautiful…oh how we need the artisan’s arrow!

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  9. absolutely gorgeous!!! I do hope you will add your voice to this year’s gratitude quilt.

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  10. Grace says:

    I like what the artist sees and can bring out:

    carve hope from a sacred mountain,
    to find time alone, to bathe in tears,
    to cleave to unseen sources of joy

    Lovely Victoria ~

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  11. brian miller says:

    smiles…would not mind a trip to the mountains…ok, so i have one planned for 2 weeks from now…a refreshing trip to a little art town…should be fun…and hopefully a bit renewing for me as well…

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  12. A sentimental artist of language has etched another artist artistry in colors~ wonderful meshwork ~ Blessings Debbie

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  13. Beautiful write, love the artists brush.

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  14. Truedessa says:

    to carve hope..I like the sound of that..chisel away doubt and fear..

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  15. annotating60 says:

    Victoria, this is an interesting statement on the role of the artist. The writing is tight the thoughts concise and well wrought. >KB

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  16. Susan Chast says:

    I love this poem and the artist brush. I would visit this landscape once the dream begins.

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  17. And the artists brush creates a visual painting of bliss ….
    Issy

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  18. claudia says:

    there is something soothing in the desert…love the hope in this… the artist’s brush…the defying of emptiness…

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