Backbone

From Refuge, published in 2017.

Backbone

The storm knocked the branch off the tree
leaving it lopsided
a big jagged piece torn out of its trunk
split right down through its heart
and yet the tree stands there
Leafing out.

3/9/17

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Rebuffed

Here is another of those two-sentence stories with poetry added. I’m thinking of them as “Minuscule” and quick to read.

Read the first Minuscule, the explanation of why I wrote it and got started on this idea, and search under the category Minuscule for others in the series.

And now – all the Minuscule stories have been made into a print book – each story with a pen and ink illustration. Click to see Minuscule on Amazon.

Rebuffed

Yeah, potential investor and all that, but his business intentions and his personal insinuations and the whole idea of him even breathing the same air as I did made my stomach turn and my mind work even better than it usually did – I have no false modesty and no need to beat around that bush – so I leaned just a little closer, watching as he anticipated acquiescence, and said: I have no interest in being part of your collection, so mention a word of it again and I’ll cut your tongue out, put it in a jar, and add it to my collection. Am I making myself clear?

Certainty
I slap it in the face.
Big-headed
and loud-mouthed
know-it-all-ism – I add
a two-fist surcharge.

(Shadorma 95)
5/24/18

 

 

Retaliation

From Unpredictable Hue, 2019.

Retaliation

You sting me and in such disappointment
I suffer. My hand stabbed. Searing red-hot pain.
A needle driven in my flesh three times. I know
I should have known better.
Reaching out to a wasp is a mistake
My curiosity and carelessness
no excuse. Wasp, I do not blame you.
Excuse me, I must put ice on my swelling hand.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2018
image 6

10/16/18

 

 

Large Artist Sketchbook 2018 Image 601

 

This poem is from my Large Artist Sketchbook 2018. Similar to my previous Large Artist Sketchbook 2017 and Small Artist Sketchbook 2018, I created artwork in a book over a period of time, 2017-2018, and later wrote poems to go with each image. All poems were published in the collection Unpredictable Hue in early 2019 (without their illustrations).

In the sketch book, the poems are on the facing page for each picture – here I am only showing you the illustration. Each poem is numbered according to my master list and the date refers to when I wrote the poem, not when the illustration was done.

Read and enjoy, and thank you!

 

 

Snippets 225, 226

Atmospheric change. From March, 2019.

225.
the air stood still
almost too heavy
I hoped it would rain.

226.
Not at night
I shouted at the top of my voice,
into sudden silence.

 

 

Snippets in Blue: 217, 222, 223

Snippets from February 2019. On blue cards.

 

Self-Portrait

From Unpredictable Hue, 2019.

Self-Portrait

Pattern. Interlocking shapes. I emerge as I strive for
variation in line and thickness of color
to express them in this rendering.
I paint myself in streaks and swipes
held together by
home.

You visitors who have come from far away
Thank you for stopping here to see me
at home in my home.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2018
image 5

10/3/18
10/8/18

Large Artist Sketchbook 2018 Image 501

 

 

This poem is from my Large Artist Sketchbook 2018. Similar to my previous Large Artist Sketchbook 2017 and Small Artist Sketchbook 2018, I created artwork in a book over a period of time, 2017-2018, and later wrote poems to go with each image. All poems were published in the collection Unpredictable Hue in early 2019 (without their illustrations).

In the sketch book, the poems are on the facing page for each picture – here I am only showing you the illustration. Each poem is numbered according to my master list and the date refers to when I wrote the poem, not when the illustration was done.

Read and enjoy, and thank you!