The Other Side


The sky beneath the stars–
earthbound orbit
shadowed by the night,
divided by itself.

Earthbound orbit
always pulled away,
divided by itself,
vast and gravitating.

Always pulled away–
completely boundless ancient
vast and gravitating
dark, dissolving.

Completely boundless ancient
held by threads that sail–
dark, dissolving
tides of wing and air.

Held by threads that sail,
shadowed by the night,
tides of wing and air–
the sky beneath the stars.

This collage was done originally for a Sue Vincent Photo Prompt.  I’ve posted the art again, with a new poem, in celebration of the publication of Marianne Szlyk’s book, “On the Other Side of the Window”, which uses it for the cover illustration.

I was delighted when Marianne asked if she could use one of my crow pieces for her book of poems.  I know her from her wonderful blog of words, art, and music, “The song is…”, and was pleased also to be able to meet her at the New York Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island a few weeks ago.

marianne book cover s

Also linked to dVerse open link night , hosted by Lillian. And yes, yet another pantoum.



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36 responses to “The Other Side”

  1. memadtwo says :

    Fabulous,K. The cover of a book! Must get a copy. N.


  2. alethakuschan says :

    utterly enchanting!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like that last line of the sky beneath the stars. I always think of the sky as above everything, but as far as our atmosphere goes it is closer to us that those stars.

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  4. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Great artwork for a book cover – congratulations Kerfe!

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Fabulous and enchanting poetic words so well composed.

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  6. Jodi says :

    So powerful!

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  7. Jodi says :

    And congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. merrildsmith says :

    Congratulations on the book cover. I like the pantoum, too–especially the line, “tides of wing and air.”

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  9. As much cake as you want says :

    Really lovely art and words – congratulations on the cover.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lillian says :

    This is quite beautiful. I love the circular nature of the words and verses.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sharon Mann says :

    Beautiful Kerfe and the book cover is magical! Congratulations.

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  12. sanaarizvi says :

    Gosh this is so wonderfully done! ❤ Hearty congratulations on the book cover! 😊


  13. rivrvlogr says :

    Echoing Merril’s comment on the cover and the line of your pantoum.


  14. Claudia McGill says :

    Fantastic. Everything.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. purplepeninportland says :

    Congratulations! This is a beautiful cover for a book.

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  16. Jill Kuhn says :

    How exciting to have your art on a book cover!! 😃 Congrats! 👍
    I love the grid and the birds of course! 🐦

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    What a great cover… love how you have cycled the lines in the poem

    Liked by 1 person

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