Tag Archive | call and response

Call and Response: Pairs and Surprises

cr-pebbles-explore

the pebbles
rolling all over the place
always in pairs

come explore
the unexpected
wonders
“There is no rush”
magic
surprises
really just the beginning

Claudia McGill is calling:  time for another response.  This time I painted the junk mail, and then collaged.

beginning-s

You can see other calls and responses here.

come-explore-s

Call and Response: Walking and Talking

fast faster

eyes are
open taste is
strange odors mingle with
fresh laundering ears tender with
untruths

It’s been awhile since I’ve answered the call of the wonderful Claudia McGill with my own junk mail response.

Is anybody listening?

The poem uses the secret keeper’s words this week:
OPEN | STRANGE | TASTE | FRESH | TENDER

In the words of John Lennon

 

Junk Mail Art: Questions 99 and 88

imagine dragons s

What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
Is this just fantasy?
here be the tail of a snake

Is that all there is?
here be the head of a dragon
What do you see?
here be the tail of a snake

Do you believe in magic?
here be the head of a dragon
Is there life on Mars?
here be the tail of a snake

What are you waiting for?
here be the head of a dragon
How soon is now?
here be the tail of a snake

Does anybody really know what time it is?
here be the head of a dragon
How can I be sure?
here be the tail of a snake

Who knows where the time goes?
here be the head of a dragon
What is it good for?
here be the tail of a snake

Is this real life?
here be the head of a dragon
Have you ever seen the rain?
here be the tail of a snake

What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
What does it all mean?
here be the tail of a snake

Another piece in the mythology series.  NaPoWriMo had a prompt for a call and response poem a few days ago, and a little research turned up the Chinese saying, “the head of a dragon, the tail of a snake”.  It certainly goes well with the collage, but as to what it means…???  A cryptic response deserves a cryptic call, I say.  Especially since I could combine the saying with “here be dragons”, an indicator on a map for what is unknown.

Call and Response is an old form used in the blues, children’s play songs, and sea chanties, and modern songwriters have employed it many times.  My model here is Simon and Garfunkel’s “Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme”.  And if you recognize the questions in the calls, you, like me, have listened to way too much pop music over the last 50 years.

poetry month

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 4

go off_find who red s

Yes I know…wings again.  You may not see them, but they are waiting for you.

Collaboration #4 with the advice of the wonderful Claudia McGill.

You can see them all here.