Book of Lists

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self reflection with the big boys

Self-Portrait, or List of Color

Black patterns

embossed upon

pale, layered

within

a kaleidescope

of every hue

that can be seen in

a spirit

a voice

a mind

a body

an eye–

shades of autumn:

burgundy and crimson,

mustard and vermilion,

violet, heather, smoke

taupe and tan.

And winter:

silver and ice-milk,

periwinkle and cotton,

dove, lavender, mauve

(and the burnt sienna of naked branches),

then newborn green

and thawing umber.

Spinning the wheel, just like roulette,

into lilac and burgeoning verdant flesh.

A sudden surprising

stark blaze of

scarlet and citrine,

cerulean sky-blue–

walking my hillside in the sweet summer sun–

into gold, bronze, sand.

Emerald to russet, slow,

ever, ever

collapsing

turning

changing.

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dogwood

Sojourn

lock

engage

embrace–

pare down

subtract

strip away–

glaze-thin

jewel-like

translucence,

emptiness as form–

crystalize

clarify

distill–

transformer

spindle

vortex–

conflagrate

strike

and burn–

illuminate

shine

cascade–

awaken.

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Entropy

winter breaths

tiny deaths.

Things pile up:

dust, cat hair, dishes

debt

thinly sliced fears

gently mourned failures

frustration’s clotted knots.

And things grind down:

polished corners

Persian rugs

turntable needles

and carefully applied veneers.

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decay

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4 comments on “Book of Lists

  1. Tom Atkins says:

    I just found your poems and have read several this morning. This one, in particular, I love.

    • indiwind3 says:

      thank you! that means a lot to me, coming from a strong poet like you. it’s ironic, i read some of your poems this morning, too, before i even clicked on my orange star and saw this comment, lol

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