Here (Ici)

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To be born.
To die.  Each journey
a sudden wave.

–Sonia Sanchez

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I seek spiders to
prepare this tendu—to be
threaded between born,

between weaving hours stretched to
hold, between the words “to die”.

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Treasures wide, deep—each
turn records time, a journey
of endless song, a

ringed cacophony—sudden,
spiraling shadow—spin wave.

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A double tanka shovel poem using Colleen’s prompt words, based on Sonia Sanchez’s wonderful haiku.  The NaPoWriMo prompt today asked us to question our future selves, but to me time circles around, and the future has little meaning in isolation.

You can read about shovel poems here, and read more of Sonia Sanchez here.


The stitched monoprint was inspired by Joan Mitchell’s painting “Ici”.

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26 responses to “Here (Ici)”

  1. deuxiemepeau says :

    Beautiful, I love the lines —each
turn records time, a journey
of endless song,
    So rich!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shuku Li says :

    This is really, really lovely. Cycles and circles! So fitting! And your embroidery is amazingly beautiful as well!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. merrildsmith says :

    This is beautiful, Kerfe–the in between, the spirals. . .I love your stitched print–could be a “carousel of time.”

    We’re on the same wavelength about time. I’m going to post mine soon.

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  4. Jane Dougherty says :

    Circles and webs. Wonderful! I still haven’t cracked this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sharon Mann says :

    I love the layer of stitches and color.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. D. Wallace Peach says :

    So creative. I saw the webs and circles and somehow also a map that seemed to fit into the idea of journeying. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. lillian says :

    circling, spiralling through time. wonderful response to the prompt!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Colleen Chesebro says :

    Oh, I love this. The flow of the words is fabulous! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jodi says :

    brilliant – in color and genius! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Olga says :

    Interesting that you chose intersecting circles to symbolize birth, death and our journey in between. A visually-stitched philosophy of life. Intriguing words to make one think.

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