“A violent windstorm the night before
– Jim Harrison
“Politics is politics; art is art. If you play a political role, you have to stop being an artist.”
– Youssou N’Dour
We have many different kinds of storms here on Planet Earth – summer plains storms, Pacific coastal storms, Nor’easters, tropical storms, hurricanes (also called typhoons or cyclones), winter storms. For the past few years we’ve been suffering through a crap storm (tempête de merde, scheiß sturm, καταιγίδα, 똥 폭풍, tormenta de mierda… to my English-tuned ears, it sounds better in these other languages!) across the planet. Crap flying here, crap flying there. Everyone flapping gums about the crap in the air. And very few people smart enough to grab shovels and start fertilizing.
hot wind is blowing
storm season calls us to act –
hand out chewing gum!
Day 25 of Jilly’s “Days of Unreason” challenge. Taken primarily from Jim Harrison’s collection of poetry, Songs of Unreason, these prompts are meant to be springboards off which your muse, your id, that irrepressible (and potentially damaged) voice that guides your writing, may do cannonballs, poorly-executed swan dives, or just hold-your-nose-and-go-in-feet-first-ogling-the-lifeguard-stuff. Jim Harrison had an overriding philosophy that guided his efforts: “Unlike a lot of writers, I don’t have any craving to be understood.” That’s really freeing when approaching this challenge!
Posted to dVerse Poets Pub, Haibun Monday. Jilly is hosting and is asking us to write a haibun using an unconventional kigo. I think I managed to do that.
“We all know that Art is not truth.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,
at least the truth that is given us to understand.
The artist must know the manner whereby
to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
― Pablo Picasso