by ones and then zeros

ones and zeros s

“I see today that everyone on earth
wants the answer to the same question
but none has the language to ask it.”
~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason

the words are lost–
rising away,
an invisible phantom
unmapped, unwinged

rising away–
this existence
unmapped, unwinged–
not am or is

this existence,
darkened by stars–
not am or is,
never and nowhere

darkened by stars,
falling like ghosts–
never and nowhere
inside time’s pocket

falling like ghosts–
an invisible phantom
inside time’s pocket–
the words are lost

I’ve been reading some of the responses to Jilly’s Jim Harrison quote prompts, and this quote from Day 21 particularly spoke to my mood these days.  It also seemed to fit with Sue Vincent’s “Wings” photo prompt, above.

My writing muse has been totally absent for awhile, so I’ve just been randomly writing words and phrases in response to things I’ve been reading. Working them into pantoum forms has been an interesting exercise.

The art is watercolor with acrylic monoprint on top.  Not at all what I intended, but I like the calligraphic feel; calligraphy seems a good place for lost words to rest while waiting to be found.

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21 responses to “by ones and then zeros”

  1. jillys2016 says :

    Welcome! Glad you found inspiration in the quote.Beautiful work!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue Vincent says :

    This is gorgeous, Kerfe… the painting really does seem a fit place for those lost words.

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  3. thelonelyauthorblog says :

    What a gorgeous write.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jodi says :

    yes – something about those black brushstrokes speaks to me as well!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Poet Rummager says :

    There’s a lovely language In your poem— calligraphy and art meshed potently.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sharon Mann says :

    Your words and art are So thoughtful, Kerfe

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jane Dougherty says :

    This is lovely. Ethereal, like your illustration.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Olga says :

    I don’t know if you noticed, but there seems to be a winged brushstroke in your piece. Almost looks like a dragonfly. Interesting post seeking for what is lost.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Janice says :

    ‘Never and nowhere/ inside time’s pocket’ … and the art is wonderful

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