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I arrive in the setting sun—mask of dusk
lifting and merging me into vapor, air
flowered and fearless, singing with agelessness

of birds that echo wordless wishes, on shores
of colored galaxies, swimming to the moon,
currents eddying me to the very core,

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turning me into elements, atoms strewn
with fire, with earth, with oceans, with breath, the light
coming from everywhere, vortexed emotion

exposed and whirling in ecstatic surprise
halfway between particled and synthesized


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A terza rima for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt above.  I had quite a few false starts with this sonnet form.  Loosening up the rhymes helped, but I think I also hadn’t found the right subject.

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Sue’s photo in my mind did not really represent something literal, although a number of stories I’ve read in response did well with a literal interpretation.  It felt good to get out my collage box after so long away from it and explore what I saw, and then try to find words that enlarged on that.


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18 responses to “Fertilization”

  1. Sue Vincent says :

    The poem is sublime, Kerfe…and I agree, there is more to this image than the more literal interpretation.

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  2. rivrvlogr says :

    Your collage reflects the colors in the photo.
    And I think your poem does fit as a “literal” translation if it’s interpreted as a revelation/awakening for the bearer of the sword.

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  3. kestrelart says :

    This is powerful. That sense of the dome over nature feels prophetic somehow.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. D. Wallace Peach says :

    A cool take on the prompt, Kerfe. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your collage is amazing!! Wonderful to see you collaging again! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  6. merrildsmith says :

    I like how you went from the prompt to this poem/collage. It is like a dream–or a prophecy. I didn’t realize it was a sonnet while I was reading, the words just flow. I love that final couplet.

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  7. Sharon Mann says :

    Your collage is mesmerizing. I’ve read all of comments and I must agree with them all about the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. memadtwo says :

    Really great collage and words too.


  9. Michele Jones says :

    Love the pictures and the take on the prompt.


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