Odds and Ends, 1939The wind makes everything alive….
Without movement a subject is dead. Just look!
—Susan Vreeland (using the voice of Emily Carr)
Put your hand over a flashlight,
watch it glow faerie pink. Picture—
lit from inside—a belly torch,
knot of spruce tree organs: liver, kidneys,
bundle of intestine, stomach—
cool blue and green foliage hiding enzymes,
That exact texture of pulse,
quiver, musculature connected
and contained, skyline and dirt grouted
together, a vista of
inner skin, the underside.
Airstream gale whipping
the pinprick stars into dashes,
molars into canines, evolution
of the Spartan firmaments. A breezy muse,
that gust of inspiration.
Now look at the actors erect at centre stage, see:
skinny veins with plump tops,
or—zooming in—synapses of birch foregrounded.
Holy trifecta, three ideas
home, joy, hunger.
The Malahat Review