near stitched s

The end is
calling—ice spiders
weaving nets
the unrelenting blueness
with crystal cold

Stripped down
to sheer form, chanting
bleak, bitter–
ancient songs of Boreas–

Gods become
disassembled bits
and pieces,
fabrications floating on
seas of sinking air

like final
notes of silence pitched
into the
void, cutting
holes with each unspoken word,
unthreading needles

Failing to
transform, to be borne
or reborn–
the years spin,
contracting—the lines
fall, disconnected

A poetic response to the January prompt at Myths of the Mirror, above.  Somehow working in blues always leads me to stitching…in this case I painted two circles and cut the smaller one up and stitched it on top of the larger one.

near close up 1s

Also linking to dVerse Open Link Night.

near close up 2s


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40 responses to “Near”

  1. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I love this, Kerfe. It will be last one for the January prompt that I share on my blog, and what a beautiful way to wrap up the month. Gorgeous art and a mesmerizing poem. Thank you so much, and I’m honored that you were inspired and willing to play. ❤

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  2. rivrvlogr says :

    Paired with the image, this reads like a saga lost to the ages, relegated to myth and wonder.

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  3. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    You had me at “ice spiders”!

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  4. Lona Gynt says :

    I am working my mind around this, and especially love this stanza:

    “like final
    notes of silence pitched
    into the
    void, cutting
    holes with each unspoken word,
    unthreading needles”

    Made me think of the salient silences, the nothingness we get from each other when we are silent, the cold quiet of night, or of a friend plotting, – unthreading needles… things fall apart, best to speak earnestly with one another, to come to understandings, if we can. But the sky is often just cold. this stanza epseciaLLY IS magnificent. the whole thing is wonderful too.

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  5. Frank Hubeny says :

    Nice line: “seas of sinking air”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charley says :

    A lost Norse mythology (perhaps lost when the Vikings explored Minnesota), words discovered by Olof Ohman…. Love the artwork you paired with this. Great!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sabio Lantz says :

    Disturbing emptiness. Well penned.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jane Dougherty says :

    Unthreading needles—what an image! There’s a whole civilisation in this poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sharon Mann says :

    I’m so drawn into the art, mesmerizing stitches, blues and texture. The ice spider web will outlast us all.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Winter well weaved… those ice spiders are spinning their nets…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. navasolanature says :

    Seems to have a very Nordic mythical quality. I like the idea of the ice spiders and the unrelenting cold.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Vivid and unique imagery, Kerfe, – and of course I love the art. Your work with shades and shapes of blue is always my favorite.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Powerful pictures, powerful words …

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Grace says :

    I can feel that biting cold. Thanks for sharing your artwork.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    The last poem from the January prompt is by Kerfe and includes artwork also inspired by the prompt. As often with her posts, the two are a pair. Enjoy!


  16. robbiesinspiration says :

    An excellent poetic response to the challenge, Kerfe.

    Liked by 1 person

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