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Monday, 18 October 2010


For this one I am indebted to Writers' Island and to this rather impressive visual prompt.

First magic realism and tromp l'oeil -
and now this art phenominal,
process of nature aped in paint,
powerful forces, tides and currents
penned within the picture plane.

Such hubris! Seedlings from the big bang, now
confined in two dimensions, needing four,
when sun and moon in rare conjunction
cast their magic spells...
The real becomes too real.

High tide and sea surge, wave crash and splash
to break the sea's constraints. No paint
can thwart the onslaught,
all in their path is overwhelmed,
the seabed spreads as sea gains ground.


I have decided that on days when I have other posts I will no longer post haiku - except, of course, on days like today, when I do.

Haiku #292

The miners rescue
inspired by Winston Churchill -
so says Pinera


Kass said...

The words 'sea surge' here are a perfect description.

Such imagination on both artists' parts!

Gerry Snape said...

I like a spot of contrariness!

Unknown said...

The forces of nature must surely be too great for containment?! Is Pinera referring to Winnie's good old British phlegm and determination or to his tunnelling skills, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

I love the take on the prompt - making the surrealism real. Thank you.

Paul C said...

I like the idea that the media has created two dimension hubris.

readingsully2 said...

Very interesting prompt...a hard one to write a poem about. I lover your haikus.

Linda Sue said...

Your "unimportant notice" made me say 'NOOOOOO oh NOOOO" because your haiku's are such a quick fix and i have such a limited attention span... and I am selfish that way...Love what you did with the prompt, quite a challenge!

Anonymous said...

I like the fantasy feel of this piece.

Windsmoke. said...

With Climate Change and Global Warming,the Polar Ice Caps of the Nth and Sth Poles melting, Sea Levels Rising the last line in your poem sums up this situation really well. And I Quote "The seabed spreads as sea gains ground" Think about it.

Dick said...

A powerful and striking meditation on the capacity (or otherwise) of art to capture the forces of nature. Impressive, Dave.

Dave King said...

Thanks. I thought the first one impressive - but difficult to follow!

It pleases me that you do.

His refusal to say die, I believe. The we-will-never-give-up spirit. He claims it inspired him.

Welcome and many thanks for the comment.

Paul C
Ah! I'll have to think about that one. Thanks for it.

Yes, very hard. Could have taken a few weeks to do it justice.

Linda Sue
We shall see, but my guess is that I shall post one most days. Thanks for the interest.

Yes, something I do not naturally turn to, but manage every now and again. This one was difficult, though.

I did seriously consider making it a global warming piece, but decided against because of the time issue. I guess that crept in willy-nilly.

Thanks for that. I suffered some indecision about the line to take. Thought that may have shown.

rallentanda said...

Who painted this fabulous painting?
Love it.

Dave King said...

You and me both, but I've no idea. Sorry.

Karen said...

Great picture - very thought-provoking, and your verse does it justice.

Momo Luna S!gnals said...

A great image and your wonderful poem suits the image very well, or vice versa.

I love your haiku's, so i'll miss them. :-)
Sweet greetz!

AP said...

Very, very thought-provoking prompt! Equally remarkable word play too: particularly liked "picture plane" and "seedlings from the big bang". Always a delight to visit your blog!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

This is super beautiful.

lovely waves of emotions in your word painting.

Dave King said...

I agree, it is a great picture - but I found it the very devil to work from.

Momo Luna
Thanks for the comment - I don't expect a great reduction in my output: I'm just not guaranteeing one every day.

Hi, welcome, as is the comment.

Lovely comment. Thanks.

Carl said...

Amazing Poem Dave!

Dave King said...

Thanks Carl

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...


two awards for you,
invite you to join us at jingle poetry….week 7 theme is love and romance.