Signify If You Will

Through a Glass Darkly

image from Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

If you can imagine!
If you can image.

We walked through the art museum scrutinizing
exhibits.  They spoke in barks, gurgled
unintelligibly, or wisely kept their peace.
The copper shaman danced too slowly
for me to catch the rhythm.
How unlike the world outside
these snippets, these gimcracks that festered
inside studios of inward turning.

What would emerge if the paint was scraped
from the windows, if the curtains were thrown
aside, if the blinds were raised
to the sun, to the contrary Northern Mocking-
bird?

Imagine the artist cast
adrift amongst the mess
of neighbors –
what would it signify?

Is art escape or turmoil?

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13 thoughts on “Signify If You Will

  1. My favorite lines:

    The copper shaman danced too slowly
    for me to catch the rhythm.
    How unlike the world outside
    these snippets, these gimcracks that festered
    inside studios of inward turning.

    I picture this in my head as the Shaman dances in a cryptic way of not fully understanding the dance but seeing it slowly and visualizing through its poetic style of intelligible genius. 🙂

    My favorite poem of the day. 🙂

    I am back! and posted something good for you. 🙂

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