Painting with Stardust

By TropicalSnowstorm

Shudders agitate my shoulders while my insides turn to stardust
and I try to sculpt satisfaction from the unshaped clay before me,
tracing the lines of her face and arms and breasts softly,
knowing the image I am shaping will be less created than revealed.

When I at last form fingers and can clasp the newly freed hand,
we’ll waltz above volumes of yellowing brittle paper in which
are recorded histories no longer cherished, feeling
the pages crumble irreversibly under the soles of our feet.

To the east of Orion, the mighty Horsehead shakes stars
from its mane and they fall like raindrops, the children of oceans,
that go on to beget rivers that in turn give birth to the seas,
joining a cycle around us altogether ancient and constant and new.

My chest opens to spill stardust onto a palette she can mix
with ochre to paint scenes on cave walls of ancient herds
being driven by hunters that seem to move in the torchlight,
the rumble of their hooves silent as sleep eventually takes us.
-- by Steve McKennon, 26 December 2013

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Copyright 2013 TropicalSnowstorm
Published on Thursday, December 26, 2013.     Filed under: "Love" and "Poetry"
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  • SilenttPerception On Monday, September 12, 2016, SilenttPerception (37)By person wrote:

    Love is the closest thing to magic humans can get. Genius, I will just leave it at that.

  • Tattoo Goddess On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Tattoo Goddess (1267)By person wrote:

    I envy your beautiful imagination and ability to detail. You, sir, inspire me. Congratulations on PoTD♥ Scholar

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Thursday, November 6, 2014, TropicalSnowstorm (1708)By person wrote:

    : ) Thank you! I needed that pick me up today. Scholar

  • SickSanityJenn On Saturday, September 20, 2014, SickSanityJenn (243)By person wrote:

    Beautiful ink. I like this a lot

  • NikesRain On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, NikesRain (1337)By person wrote:

    stunningly beautiful and graceful.... lifts the imagination and emotions gently, higher and higher along the lines until the reader is left floating and sighing at its end.

  • Magdalena On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Magdalena (920)By person wrote:

    This is such an enchanting piece, the visuals captivating. Truly beautiful work TS... Much enjoyed. :)

  • Numbers Peppelini On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Numbers Peppelini (97)By person wrote:

    I have read this poem many times, though not necessarily out of my own volition. For me, the guided imagery the writer creates became technique, compulsory perhaps, in to that it hones the ruff edges from my perception to what is existential and the limitations to what we are able to experience. Simply put, this is what makes beautiful poetry, is it not? The realization that we never ever can experience anything outside of ourselves. Only when we see this are we free to become majestic within ourselves. The writer has done that .

  • FadedBlues On Saturday, December 28, 2013, FadedBlues (3035)By person wrote:

    ...endless renewal of discoveries. love & art, & the fascination of each...

  • TaintedSaffron On Friday, December 27, 2013, TaintedSaffron (129)By person wrote:

    So much woven into this piece. It's like a tapestry of art, history, magic, astrology, nature and the primitive. A journey through man's efforts to understand himself, the world around him, and thus learn to create worlds and beings of his liking. It was beautiful to read.

  • BetaWolfinVA On Friday, December 27, 2013, BetaWolfinVA (921)By person wrote:

    very well done... such imagery Scholar

  • A former member wrote: deep and moving, richly poetic! a fine piece indeed! Bravo! Scholar

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