what we keep in giving back

Artwork by Leovi

Artwork by Leovi

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the little chinese girl
(with forest hair)
teeter totters
—–feet to feet,
——–(green neon laces)

as the elderly librarian
——-slow-scans

cd–
——dvd–  (i yawn)
———a couple books–

checKs for scraTches,
beep-loads silence, sparKs
of electricity, (felt only
on the thin skin
of my neck),

books piled on a stack,
reTurned, warm with fingerprints,
dive boldly back into the circuit,

& the cat has human eyes,
like horses that i talked to
in a painting by chagall
(there was a weird sense of trust, i swear
they moved their heads toward me)

& where would a painter put us,
as we throw no shades
nor offer color, i sang in the car today
(self-invented, life to tune)

but no one knows,
& now stand,
fish in row, two of three books un-read,
(sorry, but the painter wouldn’t know),

nor the little girl–

nor the water-carrier
with diffusing face,

he would proceed,

balancing two rim-filled buckets on his stick,
(with o-shaped legs) &
whistling on his way–

just like we all do

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Bri has us writing to some of  Leovi’s pieces of artwork today at dVerse and we’re also going a bit into abstract, color, shade.. join us when we open the doors at 3pm EST

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43 responses to “what we keep in giving back

  1. … singing along to a tune on the radio, while driving … stopping at a red light … looking over to my neighbour in the next lane … smiling, because … we were singing along to the same song … lovely 1 second romance … mmmh …

  2. Where would a painter put us? That is the question from your poem that I think I will ponder today. As I whistle on my way. Enjoyed how you wrote to the painting, Claudia.

  3. whistling on his way
    just like we all do

    Spot on Claudia! The painter upon completing his masterpiece would do just that. We do just as well happy at accomplishing something good! Nicely!

    Hank

  4. i wanna hear the song you wrote in the car…smiles…nice..love your grasp of all the life around you…the little girl, the water carrier–his bottles in balance with bow shaped legs…the weird sense of trust and the painter…smiles…really nice touches…

  5. beautiful image, and loved your cat & horse stanza, the latter following you about 😉

    but also esp liked,

    “books piled on a stack,
    reTurned, warm with fingerprints,
    dive boldly back into the circuit” –

    all in all, such a full experience in reading 😉 thanks claudia!

  6. Do you have a favourite tune … a sort of riff that you sing when you’re really happy? I do, much to the amusement of my family. But I love it ~ and that’s what this lovely poem put me in mind of … great poem, Claudia 🙂

  7. What a unique way to describe a painting. You complement this abstract style so well. Love the feeling it seems to give you and gives us through your words. You experienced life in that moment so fully within the vivid colors of the painting. Am I making sense? Guess that’s what the abstract does – it makes us feell and that’s what your poem did. I really enjoyed this Claudia. Happy Weekend.

  8. How something as routine a returning items to the library can take on such a magical air is amazing to me…oh we do all keep fragments of those returned items pressed neatly between the pages of our mind.

  9. The library is a most wonderful Wonder/Land for a child to loose herself/himself in.
    Your question, “Where would the painter put us” goes on the list to ponder and write. Once again, thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  10. Claudia, I just said to Brian, “Claudia is starting to repeat herself. She wrots “cat with human eyes” and I remember she wrote that line 3 years ago!”

    Love the forest hair on Chinese girl, and many a time a librarian has “scanned from right to left, slowly at my shenanigans shaking her head.

    We wnjoying these couple days here….!

  11. Amazing interpretation, Claudia. It would be nice to know where the painter would put us.

  12. I particularly like this part:

    & where would a painter put us,
    as we throw no shades
    nor offer color,

    It’s interesting to see what you saw in the abstract, but then again its what we want to see that manifest itself from the shadowy blur ~

  13. Like the same ‘painter’ reference as the others ….a little gem in the middle of an excellent piece .. painting the picture again but with your words …wonderful 🙂

  14. I always enjoy image prompts for our poetics, whether photography or painting, or abstract–for it transforms our responses into jazz-like riffs that soar & zing,
    echo & collide with color, line, & imagination; really enjoyed this latest ride, this latest melody from you.

  15. Love moving thru your beautiful words and into the painterly poem – really like the lines ‘where would a painter put us,
    as we throw no shades
    nor offer color’ and the Chagall reference is perfect! K

  16. it’s like you dove right to the center of the art. this is delightfully interactive. I esp. liked the cat has human eyes and o shaped lets. : )

  17. the first thing i liked was the forest hair. i also really liked the image of the cat and horse after diving into the circuit. the water carrier had the flavor of fantasia for me. i’m always impressed when a piece is written off an image. so great to read you again and again…

  18. I can’t help but want to imagine your tune…fresh, uplifting…perhaps seeming simple, but with a hidden complexity…a tune like a Zen garden…

  19. …an art becomes an art in its righteous sense when it lets anyone feel more than think… and sing more than talk… i like your observations here Claudia & your following reactions… loved it! smiles…

  20. “checKs for scraTches,
    beep-loads silence, sparKs
    of electricity”

    Normally I don’t like the convention of ‘sticky caps’. However, when you do something like this, making upper-case letters into concrete scratches and sparks, it really worKs!

  21. Gosh I love the idea of book warm with fingerprints…a story, poetry or an art book enjoyed, loved… it’s just nice to think on, as always beautiful images, art and even music to explore. Just lovely!

  22. where would a painter put us,
    as we throw no shades
    nor offer color…

    …those words drew my attention…the way you see the world around you is as captivating as Leovi’s work 🙂

  23. oh well, what do we keep in giving back? perhaps, loads of love and satisfaction….Quite a thought there, none will know but ourselves.

  24. there are so many little tidbits in here to cling to….

    I love the idea of the stack of books “warm with fingerprints.” I’m certain you were not imagining the turn of the horses’ heads. I wouldn’t mind hearing a bar or two of that “self-invented, life to tune.” so much still left unread inbetween these lines. absolutely lovely.

  25. You never fail to amaze me Claudia. Love the title first of all. I love your take on the artwork too. Love the characters in this and the story you wove. Always a pleasure to read your work. My wife likes when I read yours aloud 🙂

    • The Artwork by Leovi…Is beautiful… too !
      as you so descriptively, [described a moment in the library?] a bit Of abstraction, color, and shade through your poetic words…

      “…the cat has human eyes,
      like horses that i talked to
      in a painting by chagall
      (there was a weird sense of trust, i swear
      they moved their heads toward me)

      & where would a painter put us,
      as we throw no shades
      nor offer color, i sang in the car today
      (self-invented, life to tune)”

      deedee 🙂