containment s

For what shines after all
through the dust in the air?
an opening, a clue, a wall—

what do we see or recall
through the threads made bare?
for what shines after all,

glittering amidst free and fall?
an answer within now and here?
or an opening, silent—a wall,

a shadow, the wind, a spell?
the hand that holds all we can bear?
for what shines after all–
an opening, a touch—or a wall?

For the NaPoWriMo prompt, a villanelle with homonyms.  Also linking to the dVerse (slant rhyme) villanelles for April.



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For more madness, follow me on Instagram @h_zimel methodtwomadness is a blog of two friends, Nina and Kerfe kblog is Kerfe's solo branch on the tree

35 responses to “containment”

  1. amcele says :

    Oh this is beautiful

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  2. Suzanne says :

    Your poem is lovely and the art work has me really intrigued. Is it on canvas or thick paper?

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Suzanne. It’s a thick handmade paper. A bit too thick for stitching comfortably but I like the effect.

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      • Suzanne says :

        That’s interesting. Some years ago I stitched onto canvas but it ended up being too hard on my hands. I like the idea of using thick paper. It does create a great effect. I like the way the stitch in the art work you have shown here works as both line and an interesting element to draw the viewer’s attention.

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        • memadtwo says :

          Thanks Suzanne. It was definitely hard on the hand! as in paper, light weight or loose weaves are easiest on the hands. On the other hand the paper needs some substance or it will tear.
          I wanted to try out some stitching that didn’t follow the lines of the painting underneath. It’s creates an interesting tension.

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  3. Sophia DiNola says :

    I really enjoyed this poem. Nice 😊

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  4. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Perfect pairing of poem and artwork!

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  5. Ennle Madresan says :

    Oh my, stunning work–both poem and art!!

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  6. robertawrites235681907 says :

    A deep thought, Kerfe. Beautifully package and I love your artwork.

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  7. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful poetry so well composed like a tapestry woven together. Awesome poem, M.

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  8. Jane Dougherty says :

    I don’t notice wordplay, just the poetry—which this is.

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  9. Evelyn says :

    I love the stitched paper…

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  10. Grace says :

    Moves smoothly and beautifully. The searching and question format is effective.

    I noticed though that is is not a villanelle as it is missing 6 lines more, smiles.


  11. merrildsmith says :

    Wonderful, Kerfe. I love all the questions. I didn’t notice the homonyms. Beautiful villanelle.

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  12. Sharon Mann says :

    Words and art stitched together beautifully.

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  13. sarahsouthwest says :

    That’s a lovely little poem – so tight – love the questions.

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  14. amcele says :

    I think this was my favorite poem of the month! I’ve really enjoyed the duality of artistic vision on this blog and have particularly connected to your poetic voice, Kerfe. Glad to have connected here!

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