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Sunday, 29 May 2011

The Dream of Man: to Fly.

from this prompt at Writers Island



If we had wings, and we
could wing the objects and
the creatures of our choice,
which would we choose?
The fiddler's stick,
for instance,
what mind-enhancing trick,
what music, would it play
when freed from our control?
And what would critics say...
"the tempo is too slow"?

And think of airborne books,
how they might seek,
in a pro-active way,
their readership,
how this might give
to poetry
a timely fillip...
not just the poets
but the readers too
might find a poem finding them.

A bird-like camera,
a predator, no less,
that hovered in the sky
and took what met its eye
might change the way we see.

Installation artists
might be well advised
to take a break,
go sun themselves, relax,
when common articles
from pots and pans to railway engines
could meet up, and arrange themselves
in dispositions we might find
revealing to the mind.

And in my very wildest dreams
I see the mountains winged;
not going far,
a short hop here, a movement there:
"Land Art is us!" I hear them cry.
How could we follow that?

24 comments:

flaubert said...

Dave, I do find this quite fascinating,

Pamela

kaykuala said...

A winged world! That would be fun. Winged books choosing their readers, winged cameras, mountains.. Great imagery Dave!

Hank

anthonynorth said...

A brilliant concept. Particularly liked the idea of a poem finding the person.

vivinfrance said...

I love this, Dave: a quirky sideways look at the picture and what it said to you. Some wonderful ideas are now floating about in my head thanks to you.

I agree you your comment on my blog, BTW!

jabblog said...

Most imaginative. I liked the idea of poems finding readers, too.

Brian Miller said...

ah this is a lovely write...and given freedom would we complain of them that they are no longer subserviant to our will and miss the magic that comes with it...very well writ dave...

Mary said...

You did well with this picture, Dave. I liked where your imagination took you. It left me pretty uninspired...

120 Socks said...

Powerful, love the pace in this, and I especially love the last verse.

Laurie Kolp said...

This deserves the spotlight... I absolutely love it, Dave!

TechnoBabe said...

Spirits soaring is what I am hoping to be part of some day.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely, exciting, imaginative stuff Dave!

Anna :o]

Carl said...

Enjoyed this flight of fancy with you. Thanks.

A Cuban In London said...

How can a comment of mine follow such beautiful poem? That's more of a dilemma. I'll keep this: "The fiddler's stick." I just hope that the hand that manipulates me is as crafty as the artisan who thought these lines up. Many thanks, sir, that was one of the more wonderful pieces I've ever read.

Greetings from London.

brenda w said...

David, I love love love the idea common objects arranging themselves to reveal things to our minds. This piece is amazing.
~Brenda

Stafford Ray said...

Yes to all the above but mountains already do just that. We don't notice because mountain art time is measured in too many lifetimes for all but geologists us to notice and it seems few geologists are poets.

Jingle said...

if we had wings,
we can do many a wonderful things.

love your imagination.
well penned.

Jenny Woolf said...

What an interesing idea. And actually a piece of conceptual art in its own right!

Windsmoke. said...

Very vivid imagery especially the winged mountain now that would be scary indeed to see :-).

Cloudia said...

your mind ranges like a mythical bird!



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~Lady*♥*Fiona~ said...

Wonderful poem and I love the creative concept of it! Thanks for sharing :)Best Wishes, Fiona

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

You have such a fertile imagination. Well done!

Isabel Doyle said...

and what would footballers do with their lives? great poem

Dave King said...

Pamela
Appreciate that. Thanks.

kaykuala
Welcome. Good to have your comments.

anthonynorth
Thanks. I have to say, I quite liked that idea, too!

vivinfrance
Many thanks for both comments. Much appreciated.

jabblog
Many thanks for the feedback.

Brian Miller
I guess we would, yes. It depends, I suppose, on whether we could appreciate their contributions.

Mary
It did me to begin with, I must confess. Then it clicked, but I was unsure of it, right up to the moment of posting.

120 Socks
Thanks for saying that. It's interesting, because it was very much a last minute addition.

Laurie Kolp
Hi and welcome. Thank you for your kind comment.

Techno Babe
Know what you mean. I am sure it will come to pass.

HyperCRYPTICal
Generous response. Thank you.

Carl
Thanks as always.

A Cuban in London
A warm welcome to you and many thanks for your very generous remarks.

brenda
Hi, good to have you visiting. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Stafford Ray
Hi and welcome to my blog. Yes, you are correct. In fact,many of the ideas that occurred to me I discounted because it they already did it - or it had been done on T.V. adverts etc! Much appreciate you taking time out to comment, though. Many thanks.

Jingle
I do so agree. i'm sure it will happen! We'll be genetically modified or something - if the race survives!

Jenny
Welcome Jenny. Glad you liked it so. Thanks for saying.

Windsmoke
Mmm, yes, I think you may be right in that!

Cloudia
Thanks. I'd rather range like a real bird, though!

Lady Fiona
Hi and a warm welcome to you. Thanks for visiting and for your kind comment.

Madeleine
Many thanks. Much appreciated.

Isabel
Ah, yes indeed. Good question! I did think of a winged ball and players being made redundant, but I thought maybe that was taking progress too far!

Corinna said...

very fun read, i'd hate to be in the path of a hopping mountain! haha.