SPARK http://getsparked.org get together | get creative | get sparked! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:40:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 Ann Quinn and Marilyn Ackerman http://getsparked.org/spark39/ann-quinn-and-marilyn-ackerman http://getsparked.org/spark39/ann-quinn-and-marilyn-ackerman#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:30:27 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16967

Marilyn Ackerman
Inspiration piece

Cattle in Snow
By Ann Quinn
Response

“Eternity is always present in the animal mind; only men deal in beginnings and ends.”

–Wendell Berry

The cold
is absolute
is all there ever
has been
all there ever
will be

Does the tree
feel buds
kicking inside?

Does the snow
know only
its perfection,
its unique embrace
of dust?

Or does it remember
cloud?

And the cold,
does it know
that it
might, one day,
end?

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Lené Gary and Jenny Forrester http://getsparked.org/spark39/lene-gary-and-jenny-forrester http://getsparked.org/spark39/lene-gary-and-jenny-forrester#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 22:09:38 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16961 Lené Gary
“Overwintering”
Response

Untitled
By
Jenny Forrester
Inspiration piece

My three chickens fed in the alley, and I watched over them, my triangle-shaped knitting bag with the handy wrist loop dangling. I worked on many pairs of socks for His size thirteen feet in that alley watching over chickens. When he left, he left all those socks. Huge socks, tiny stitches. A pair of arm warmers for his long, long arms. He left me to deal with the years of us, taking nothing, telling me not to take it personally that he wanted to start over with all the things, and saying sorry he couldn’t help more. He said, “I’m sorry it’s not better.”

I was sorry, too.

I walked today in the quiet cold. It snowed inches and inches today. Horse, my car, had never been covered in so much snow. She’s snug under the weight of it, waiting for the plow to come. A freight train covered in snow idled by the snowy creek and I knew my solitude in a way that I’ve always wanted to know it, but didn’t have the courage to step into.

Sometimes, we’re thrown out into the cold. Sometimes, we land in the soft bank of it and sometimes, it’s just cold.

The creek was breathtaking, and a man in a blue coat was fishing, huddled into it the way you have to. The cottonwoods were dry and tangled and the sky was pale and winter. The wetland stream above the earthen, flood control dam, slate gray and turning to slush. A pair of ducks flew by and a murder of crows flew high in the gray chill.

Everyone on the walk said hello – the thin running man in stripes, perfect posture, the man on the bike, layered, the woman with her red coat smiling, too, together in our shared desire for this kind of solitude.

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Ipek Davaz and Leslie Grollman http://getsparked.org/spark39/ipek-davaz-and-leslie-grollman http://getsparked.org/spark39/ipek-davaz-and-leslie-grollman#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 01:45:52 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16955

“Entwined”
Ipek Davaz
Response

Warped
By
Leslie Grollman
Inspiration piece

I was given life
on a loom from the smoke
of the ocean from the smoke
of the seeds. I give you desert-blue
stones wrapped in blacked silver
covered in sonnets that would speak
to a god as if bound by a name. The way
a name is tradition. The way mine has meaning
in six languages. Did they mean for me to live out
transgression when they blessed me with Lina’s so she
would be remembered. Her name: a bond. Like string.
Like string, bonds warp. What is the half-life of a coupling,
un-imagined. How long will it take for me to be un-remembered
by the living while I am still here. You and I breathe
each other’s names for now like waves
wrapping us in strings
of madness.

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Kathleen Finn Jordan and Brigitte Nowers http://getsparked.org/spark39/kathleen-finn-jordan-and-brigitte-nowers http://getsparked.org/spark39/kathleen-finn-jordan-and-brigitte-nowers#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 04:31:44 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16944

“Phoenix”
Brigitte Nowers
Inspiration piece

Toile Intérieure
By Kathleen Finn Jordan
Response

Deep down canvas
Swirling, twirling inner urges
Dynamic tsunami of fragmentation
id, ego, superego dance
Play bursting into color
Spin and surface
The depths of blue edgily marginalized
Yellows striving to bring the sun
To the deep eddies and flows of flying snippets
Of thought bombarding the self
Self in center
observing yet reflective as
White spaces await
breathless for resolution

As the canvas demands the brush
And the self …. glacial getaway.

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Brigitte Nowers and Kathleen Finn Jordan http://getsparked.org/spark39/brigitte-nowers-and-kathleen-finn-jordan http://getsparked.org/spark39/brigitte-nowers-and-kathleen-finn-jordan#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 04:20:57 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16939

Brigitte Nowers
Response

The Cabin
By Kathleen Finn Jordan
Inspiration piece

It’s quiet here
Fall is creeping our way
As trees are tunneling
Leaves are changing their clothes slowly
After shaking their arms in the buckets of windswept rain
That have fueled the creek singing loudly as it bustles
Through the forest that surrounds us
Dave’s Cabin in October
Owls scowl from the deck’s wooden peaks
Birds tweet and chase jumping off the fallen logs
It’s quiet here and the quiet will stay with us awhile
It’s quiet here but nature chants mournfully
The end of summer light.

 

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Lisa Kilhefner and Amy Souza http://getsparked.org/spark39/lisa-kilhefner-and-amy-souza http://getsparked.org/spark39/lisa-kilhefner-and-amy-souza#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 23:23:10 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16920

“Erosion”
Lisa Kilhefner
Response

The River in Me
By Amy Souza

Inspiration piece

The last time
I was a river
I dried up

The next time
I overflowed

Neither time could I
Figure out why
Which forces imposed
Themselves upon me
What reason
What pattern

As a river I
Learned to abide
Though that took time

I’d thought before
Becoming one
That rivers held sway
That they carried
Landscapes
Not the other
Way around

I thought as a river
I’d be in control

And then I dried up
And then I flowed over

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Kimberly DeMucha Kalil and Kamika Cooper http://getsparked.org/spark39/kimberly-demucha-kalil-and-kamika-cooper http://getsparked.org/spark39/kimberly-demucha-kalil-and-kamika-cooper#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 20:26:44 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16914

“Rebirth”
Kimberly DeMucha Kalil
alcohol ink on 5×7 Yupo paper
Response

Harmless
By Kamika Cooper
Inspiration piece

sometimes little girls
will place themselves in harm’s way
chasing little boys

sometimes little boys
will engage in harmful acts
to prove they are men

each time harm has passed
we survive with wisdom to
avoid harm next time

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Kamika Cooper and Kimberly DeMucha Kalil http://getsparked.org/spark39/kamika-cooper-and-kimberly-demucha-kalil http://getsparked.org/spark39/kamika-cooper-and-kimberly-demucha-kalil#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 20:14:14 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16883

“Genesis”
Kimberly DeMucha Kalil

alcohol ink on 9×12 Yupo paper
Inspiration piece

Creator
By Kamika Cooper
Response

i am a childless
mother of creations born
from color and brush

shades of myself have
bent and curved into being
permanently placed

birth caused a divide
in my serenity but
today i am whole

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Jenny Forrester and Lené Gary http://getsparked.org/spark39/jenny-forrester-and-lene-gary http://getsparked.org/spark39/jenny-forrester-and-lene-gary#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 18:09:48 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16875

Lené Gary
Inspiration piece

Tarot-Berry
By Jenny Forrester
Response

We’re all blueberries in time. We see we’re in bunches, hands reaching toward us…

We forget the lack of our being vast when we’re hanging in bunches and shadow and light. We’re supposed to want to be bluest or juiciest or highest or lowest or fastest or slowest to ripen.

I’m one of the first or last to fall. I can’t remember now. It’s all a soft blur, but I know I visited the tarot-berry on my way down.

She pulled The Father of Pentacles and started to explain, but the star in front of me was coming faster than light, as is the custom with stars. I grew rainbow antlers to precede me, hoping for the best.

I turned to The Fool dropping beside me, balanced and gripping some blossom. She was a gosling, quivering.

“I’ve never seen that blossom here before,” I said.

The Fool quacked, “Me neither. I’m glad to see it now.”

As we lay on the ground, a mother deer and her fawn, dappled and new, came by, a star shining above, and the last thing I sensed was her soft muzzle. I was grateful for teeth in the end.

We’re all blueberries in time. We forget the lack of our being vast when we’re laying in bunches and mud. Instead of feeling I failed at being bluest or fastest or lowest, I’m content to decompose, reborn from the seed in this darkness.

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Amy Souza and Lisa Kilhefner http://getsparked.org/spark39/amy-souza-andlisa-kilhefner http://getsparked.org/spark39/amy-souza-andlisa-kilhefner#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 01:15:17 +0000 http://getsparked.org/?p=16859

Lisa Kilhefner
“Birds of a Feather”
Inspiration piece

Life Detective
By Amy Souza
Response

See more when my eyes are
Closed than when I’m distracted
By the world around me

Inky feather floats
The space between
Laughter and quiet

I need to know
Love mysteries but
Want them solved

The truth is we might
Never find out
Not really

Sometimes we start to
Bleed when we shouldn’t
Never complete again

Missing the hole in my heart
Silent houses acutely aware
Nothing turns out as it should

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