Unspoken Etiquette of Weather

Salvador Dalí, Skull with its Lyric Appendage Leaning on a Night Table Which Should Have the Exact Temperature of a Cardinal Bird’s Nest, 1934.

there’s a chemical basis for 
everything under the sun
	frogs' legs, leotards
the surreality of a piano
in a cool, dry desert

this poem, i believe, is organic
like a postmodern fish
swimming in a garden

a journey of recombinant belief and
long-horned beetles (childhood memories)
	much as the unspoken 
		etiquette of weather

what if the seeds we sow are electric?
what if sunrise is nothing more than 
	a long, carnivorous sleep?

a mind that clings to eternity or
the odds and ends of 
	two alphabets 
passing blindly on a staircase

Image from The Dalí Museum.

12 thoughts on “Unspoken Etiquette of Weather

  1. Love the last two stanzas..and specifically “two alphabets passing blindly on a staircase”..it made me think about people and how we each are this collection of “things” that pass blindly by one another as we travel up and down an endless staircase..and the idea of what we sow here as electric is wonderful..each of us a bundle of life with our “electric seeds” left behind long after we are gone..

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    1. Thanks so much! I went through a phase a few years back in which I wrote lots of surrealist (but especially Dalí)-inspired poetry. I very much enjoy the marriage of visual and verbal texts. It’s a slightly different way of thinking and a great deal of fun to experiment with. Happy you enjoyed it, and I wish you a great Tuesday! 🙂

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      1. You are welcome. Thank you! I was excited to see a few Dali pieces in the museum that shared my poetry and my daughter’s art last fall. You may have seen the post. I love pairing art and verbal text too. I tried to do that in the classroom whenever I could. It spurs the imagination and is especially helpful for visual learners. Happy day to you too!


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