what is it good for? (#9)

jm 1c blk s

long and
short of war
is recorded
in absence—spattered
between the holes in the
skin of ordinary lives–
those empty spaces echoing
with unknowing, with what could have been

Day 30 of NaPoWriMo linked us to oddness for inspiration–I clicked on “Pieces of History” first and was immediately confronted with war, long and short.  There’s no escaping it, it seems.

jm 1c close up s

When Nina and I first started our blog, I was doing mostly art, trying to make it a regular practice again.  One of the series I did then was called “what is it good for?” #8 was posted in 2014…and so it goes, the same question continues.  With #9, a nonet.

I want to thank the NaPoWriMo hosting site for connecting me to so many wonderful poets and pieces of writing, and for helping me actually do 30 poems for the first time.


And to Joan Mitchell, for inspiring every piece of art I made for NaPoWriMo.  The works that I used as references are below.

mitchell art comp



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28 responses to “what is it good for? (#9)”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    These lines: “those empty spaces echoing
    with unknowing, with what could have been”

    It is interesting that Jane and you, and me a bit–all wrote about war. And yes, the long and short of history, recorded (and not).

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  2. Wezzlehead says :

    Breath-taking. So simple and poignant.

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  3. Jane Dougherty says :

    In sync again. It’s maybe a sign of getting older, but when someone says think of something strange, I just don’t think cutesie Mermicorns any more. Your words are so stark and simple yet they sum up so much of what war is about.

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  4. Angela van Son says :

    I’ve enjoyed both your art and your poetry so much this month? The lusciousness of the colours and playful looseness of the forms has often been a balm to the state of my brain.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Evelyn Flint says :

    Well done for completing your art and poetry challenge this month…. I love your sources of art inspiration… !

    Liked by 1 person

  6. As much cake as you want says :

    Tremendous poem. The artwork is lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Janice says :

    A powerful conclusion to your April series.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Anacrazyfuturewriter says :

    Inspired! In fact, I just uploaded a ‘Nonet’ of my own onto my blog. It’s linked below. I’d love it if you would have a look over it and leave me some tips on how to improve. I’m sure I could learn a lot from you. I hope you like it!


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