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15 April, 2020: C A V E D R A W I N G S

Read a Poem

C A V E  D R A W I N G S

by Katherine Orr

Adjusting the eye to darkness
you enter slowly
carrying your transformation
juice   stain   dye
the colors you have captured
the blood of the hunt   the kill
the dance   the chant   the dream.
These are elusive substances.
In sun, they fade quickly,
turn to dust and disappear.
But you are faithful to complete darkness.
Pushing farther into the heart,
you are the fugitive stag.
You will paint yourself.
You are herdsman of the wild
with beautiful antlers.
"Cave Drawings," by Katherine Orr (published as Kat Snider Blackbird),  White Sustenance, Kent State University Press. 1994. Used by permission of the author.

Katherine Orr’s poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Texas Review, Arsenic Lobster, and many other literary journals and anthologies. She has led workshops in and around Northeast Ohio for many years, and her most recent research focuses on poetry as a modality of healing in those impacted by trauma. She teaches Poetry and Creative Writing at Kent State University.

Write a poem

Write an ekphrastic poem (a poem about a piece of art), ideally while viewing the art in a museum, in a book, or online. Include in the poem something about a friend who is not there with you.

N. K. Hasen
Pine Tree

Pine tree sits near river
Two branches coming out
One straight; other curved
Until they touched again
Red flowers bud on each
Green grasses wave on other side
A river starts in back
But ends to nothing
Painter left area brown
My friend would marvel
At this painting
How dark and light
Go hand and hand
I’ll snap a photo
Show them later
Of pine tree
Among dark forest to left
Happy light grasses to right
4/18/2020 9:39:41 AM

Carole Mason
Weeping Angel of Grief

When last we spoke, dear angel,
I opened up my heart to you, in grief and loss.
That day, I learned much more ~ beyond imagining.

I saw your hidden face in tears of mourning, for our loss.
I saw you grieving…. at the altar of life and death.
Your sculptured arms around your covered face, was most painful for me to watch!

I was beginning to understand your silent actions carved into your beauty.
It was for us…. you held on, so tightly.
It was our loss you felt and held, in pain ~ of our despair!
And now, I felt that pain, as well….for you.

Your wings, no longer spread out in praise of life, were dropped!
They touched the ground of earth, instead.

At last, I understood your pain for us ~
I looked once more at all the beauty, there.

Your spirit spoke through mine…. in quiet comfort ~ what I longed to understand.
“The universe reveals its truth; we never walk alone.
Life’s twisted pathways are connected……moving forward.”
4/16/2020 2:53:10 PM

Like a Monet painting up close, you appreciate the individual delicate strokes, different colors.
As you step back, you see the beauty as it all comes together. I will always be one who looks at your individual strokes, find them beautiful, and need never step back.
4/15/2020 12:54:01 PM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.