whoever said life isn’t easy, nailed it


whoever said life isn’t easy, nailed it

Artist: Cheryl Kellar Used with permission

Artist: Cheryl Kellar
Used with permission

i shall swim in aqua seas,
flounder in roiling seas,
writhe in darkest doubt
alone.

This morning two sparrows chased a black crow from their nest, sheltered among palm fronds. Their babies survived.

when earth begins to bleed,
i shall dance in wild flames,
thirst for crimson nights
long gone.

Death lingers in my thoughts today. I find downy feathers at the base of an old oak tree. Mama dove mourns in a low-hanging branch.

i fly my chariot across blue skies,
approach sun’s brilliant orange
until, like Phaeton, heat
consumes.

Tornadoes and floods level land in the South, claim lives, devastate families who begin, already, to reclaim their existence.

I shall swim in aqua seas,
grasp hold of blue balloons
to fly above earth
once more.

I couldn’t resist writing a second poem to the prompt offered by Grace for dVerse Poetics, based on the art of Cheryl Kellar.

For a change I decided to play a bit with form. Perhaps “Descending Meter” could be a name for it. It consists of 4-line stanzas of 7-6-5-2, interspersed with short prose observations.

In the writings of Ovid, Phaeton, a son of Apollo, asked his father to grant him one wish, swearing to do so on the river Styx. Apollo agreed. Phaeton requested that, for just one day, he be allowed to drive the chariot of the sun across the heavens. Of course, Apollo tried to talk his son out of it, knowing it would consume him. Phaeton, however, insisted. Because of his oath, Apollo granted his son’s wish with the expected outcome. I suppose the lessons are: be careful what you wish for, and, don’t promise anything before knowing what it will entail.

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12 thoughts on “whoever said life isn’t easy, nailed it

  1. both hopeful and disparaging…you touched a broad range of emotions with this one…

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  2. janehewey says:

    i love your inclusion of myth, and your use of this form. It reads smoothly and effortlessly, giving the reader much ease in finding meaning. thirst for crimson nights/long gone I have become conscious of my own changing body as time passes. Your portrayal of life-death-change-myth is woven masterfully.

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  3. Love the form – the prose parts creating a unique contrast to the short poems. It’s a little bit like a developed haibun.. A favorite form of mine…

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  4. Life and death, inevitably intertwined.

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  5. claudia says:

    be careful what you wish for… yes – we never know the full range of what might expect us… grasping hold of blue balloons to fly again sounds like a good thing to do victoria

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  6. This haibun-like technique enables a lot of ground to be covered. I really enjoyed your poem.

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  7. kkkkaty says:

    Ha..we think of the sea when we see this…I see a map of Europe as well, but thought of it as a map of my life, too. I like your crimson nights 😉 Thanks Victoria

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  8. Madhura says:

    Very nice write and a wonderful message.. I enjoyed both your poems! 🙂
    There is a similar story in Indian mythology – In the epic Ramayan, young Hanuman, believing the sun to be a ripe fruit flies towards it to eat it, and then the gods intervene to prevent him. 🙂

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  9. A study in contrast in so many ways–really loved the shift between prose and poem here–

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  10. Grace says:

    Another mythical inspired write, I love the style of contrasting verses, prose, then poem ~ How sad to see those birds fall & die to their death ~ As a mom, I can relate to warning our children not to be so rash in their decisions ~ Good lesson here Victoria ~

    Thanks for the second offering ~

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  11. brian miller says:

    what an interesting contrast life is…the rain and flooding…dont know if you saw but we had a train de-railment here today as well….flames 80 feet in the sky and three rail cars of oil dumped in the james river…there are still people trapped in buildings…life comes at you fast…and def in unexpected ways….

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