Friday, August 27, 2010

AFTER YEARS

(a painting, a photograph, textures manipulated into digital art by bonnie zieman)

AFTER YEARS


Today, from a distance, I saw you

walking away, and without a sound

the glittering face of a glacier

slid into the sea. An ancient oak

fell in the Cumberlands, holding only

a handful of leaves, and an old woman

scattering corn to her chickens looked up

for an instant. At the other side

of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times

the size of our own sun exploded

and vanished, leaving a small green spot

on the astronomer's retina

as he stood on the great open dome

of my heart with no one to tell.

Ted Kooser
 
 
 



25 comments:

  1. oh snap...that was tight...like the feel of it...and wonderful imagery...

    the picture looks like a snake or something rising up out of the reeds...

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  2. Holy cow. Something, somewhere, just erupted inside me, or somewhere in the universe. I don't know which. It's as if everything led up to this, and it was just ready to fly. Your image, so perfectly paired with the poem, triggered it. Image of ice -- and universe -- and all of what's in the verse.

    Oh, thank you.

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  3. I am so sad that I didn't know of Ted Kooser until now, if this is characteristic. Oh the language, the flow.

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  4. A heart-wrenching poem and a stunning, textured image. I'm not sure what I am looking at in the image, and it really doesn't matter, but it holds a deep mystery that continues to pull me in. Good work, Boonie, and a good poem for the pairing.

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  5. Brian: I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

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  6. Ruth: I am pleased to be a conduit to such exuberant emotion. Interesting, I had planned to pair the image with another poem and at the last moment this one demanded to be heard.

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  7. Meri: Yes. Somedays I read it and it makes me recall departures I have known. Other times it reminds me of moments when I see someone I love, walking toward or away - just walking by and my heart lifts and worlds shatter.

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  8. George: I'm please you like the image. High praise coming from you! I could tell you what I painted and what the photograph is ... but as you say it doesn't matter and it would destroy the mystery. I think an image belongs more to the viewer, especially when it is not interpreted or described by the artist.

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  9. Weaver: Well, poetry maven that you are - that delights me!

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  10. Oh, that's a delicious poem. Stunning and full.

    I agree, it does fit with your painting :-)

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  11. THAT POEM- I have never read that one before! I am catatonic over it...and your digital image would be so cool in oil!

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  12. That is one of those poems that you can just sink your teeth into. I have to slow way down to read and savor the words a bit. Then to get the full effect, you have to read it aloud. I don't know the author? But I'm inclined to want to read more. Also, it goes very well with your art piece as I see something different in it each time I look.

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  13. neighbor: It does fill one up with familiar feelings, doesn't it?

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  14. Vicky: Thank you. It is worth savoring isn't it. I believe he is a form Poet Laureate of the US.

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  15. Ellen: It really resonates with something we have all experienced. It certainly moves me.

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  16. Great Poem and Great art. I dont know which one I like most...

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  17. The words and the art resonated something within me this morning. They both seem so familiar, like weaved into my spirit, if only for a split second.

    Deep, Bonnie. I like that!!

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  18. Reminds me of the theory of chaos where the butterfly flaps its wings and the reactions it causes. Such a moving poem! And I love your mixed images.

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  19. Turquoise: Thanks - you don't have to choose!

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  20. Gwynnie: I think we all experience moments where it feels so momentous that nothing in the world could possible be the same.

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  21. Pat: Yes - he really is describing something like that. Glad you like the digital art!

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  22. I love the blues in your work of art, Bonnie. It's quite intriguing what you are able to do with digital manipulation. Your creative juices are flowing at a great rate these days! As for the poem, it kind of puts everything in perspective, doesn't it?

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