biking home from the brass festival under a three quarter moon//and if i have the choice, i prefer sparkling water over wine

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“i’m swiss til here” he marks his waist
“from there– italian”

“oh//
—–really”

i drink water– sparkling little moons
eXplode
against my palate, giggling merrily

i cross the place

symphony orchestra’s tunes on a last fast round through my chest
like racecars, dizzy from exhaust
and the evening’s a giant harp
i can walk into
—-a maze

of strings and wood and brass, a tender breeze
swaying gently from the rooftops

i mix turquoise on my palette
which in reality’s a cardboard picnic plate
two woodboards from the DIY
a bit of red &white/sand wallpaint

&the path ahead’s a potpourri
of wonder—how

we get from here to there, a million midges vast asleep
in a moist lawnbed,
yellow spraypaint
moon/3 quarters
ripe
drips from the sky

i bike
towards midnite

a set of trumpets and a bagpipe my sole escort

“add more black”
i frown “paynes grey actually”
&dip the brush

so deep in the dark
i can feel the pull
of planets//  of those tunes
 —-a song

sung by a little girl once
who played hockey in the backyard

“that it is” i smile

——–the night
breAthEs soFt indigo spraypaint

&my legs move
in the rhythm of the pedals

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17 responses to “biking home from the brass festival under a three quarter moon//and if i have the choice, i prefer sparkling water over wine

  1. This is exquisite. I love it. Especially these sections:

    “i drink water– sparkling little moons”

    “and the evening’s a giant harp
    i can walk into
    —-a maze” (“I can walk in two … amaze”)

    “i mix turquoise on my palette” (makes me think of putting color into your mouth)

    “&the path ahead’s a potpourri
    of wonder—how” (love what you did with this line break … “wonder how”)

    “i bike
    towards midnite
    a set of trumpets and a bagpipe my sole escort” (soul escort)

    “&dip the brush
    so deep in the dark” (feeling around, trying to figure out your heart)

    “the night
    breAthEs soFt indigo” (AEF, musical notes)

    “&my legs move
    in the rhythm of the pedals” (love the squish of “&my”)

    You are so very gifted, Claudia. I wish you would write a poem every day.

  2. I love the dreaminess of this. The blend of the bike ride, the music, the water, the painting and the night is created perfectly by your words. I was transported to the sight of that dripping moon. As always, an excellent picturesque poem Claudia. I enjoyed it so much!

  3. I can honestly say that I enjoyed my bike ride today despite being the hottest day of the year so far. There is something special about cycling in summer, though I hate the season with a passion. By the way, does the Swiss part ever communicate with the Italian side? 🙂 If so, we would like to know what they talk about.

    Greetings from London.

  4. LOVE! I looked twice at the painting to see if there was a brush picking up the black paint from the sky. The rhythm of the painting, the brass band and the bicycle wheels peddling work together so well that I can almost imagine you painting while biking! I’m not asking questions about the Swiss/Italian! I was always afraid to Bike at night–but of course I did, in the middle of the road where the moon could see me.

  5. I hear the music in this poem, Claudia & can visualize the scene. I would guess there is nothing more glorious than biking toward midnight! Smiles.

  6. I just love Payne’s gray; it is such an interesting color, despite being gray! Sparkling water is most welcome any time when it is hot and I like to look at all the bubbles as they dance in the glass but there are times when wine is much better than sparkling water.

  7. I love the feeling of the night and how it kinda spills over into your ride home – and into your painting. Water does not dull the senses and get in the way of our feeling every little thing either. It does not mar the experience. It sounds as if the night gave you enough buzz as it is.

  8. Love the play of colors, movement of the music and pull of the planets into your verses and painting Claudia ~ Have a good week/end ~

  9. Hi Claudia,

    I really enjoyed reading this filled with the color of night and tones of music..I have never biked at night, but I have taken late walks under starlight.

    so deep in the dark
    i can feel the pull
    of planets// of those tunes
    —-a song

    and I have to like anything that mentions Indigo…

    –the night
    breAthEs soFt indigo spraypaint

  10. … on my days off I will run … 2-3 km … to get some milk and bread and … ya …smokes … ya … bummer,eh? … you cumin with me or not, C? Love, cat.