The Only Way Out Is Up

To Fall, mixed media collage, 2022

i.

paradise is destruction
everyone knows that

the contemplation of loss, or the idea of loss
ties and unties the knots of our misfortune 
like a cotton sweater

ii. 

my walls are decorated with the sounds of fish hooks
and a reverence for Saturday afternoon jazz 

we were no less familiar then
scraping our feet on the cobblestones
wringing our hands under marigold umbrellas

do you remember?

at night, i feast on white apples
i lie naked as a concerto
and i think of you

a staircase opens at my feet
spreads its wings and flies away

iii.

the kite is underground

i am an osprey in stormy weather

i will settle for nothing less than revelation
to be shattered and then shattered twice
like a goldenrod between two hammers

there is a terrible need here for silence…

iv.

and yet

there is pleasure in knowing 
the alphabet will still be there
or here, as it might be, alongside the 
great cosmic mystery of a fig

either way

the only way out 
is up

I’ve been meaning to post this update for the past few weeks, and I’ve kept forgetting about it. Both The Lovers and Woman No. 9 were selected for inclusion in the juried show, “Open,” at Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. For those who are interested, I am posting a link to the full show. There’s plenty of great work.

6 thoughts on “The Only Way Out Is Up

  1. Congratulations on your works being selected for the juried show!
    And this poem is both familiar and new…”i will settle for nothing less than revelation to be shattered and then shattered twice like a goldenrod between two hammers”..shattered revelation, assurance of the alphabet that remains..both as we continue to climb our way up..well done 🙂

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