National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #22 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 22 poem using the prompt: Write a poem that engages with another art form.

I wrote this poem while looking at the image below (which I drew on April 13th), and listening to a couple of ECM recordings: Dallëndysheby the Elina Duni Quartet, and What was said, by Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad.


out the brooding grey
into fields of blistered red and black
buffered by amber
formed by tissue and fibre
the wounds of centuries
spoken in sombre chamber tones

in light and lines
imperfect symmetry
etched into flesh
without scarring
(that is what memory
and history are for)
marking the true centre

Be ambitious
in matters of the heart

(22 April 2019)

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