Thursday, June 03, 2010

Spontaneity


In the mind
of a master sculptor

the most ephemeral
emotion—surprise

handfasted to
the hardness of stone.

Improbable marriage
of message and medium,

gas bubbles
caught in boulders

auroral light
pinned on silver nitrate

butterflies etched
in slabs of slate.

It still surprises me
that stone can be so
spontaneous.

--image courtesy of Magpie Tales
Collection available! Knocking from Inside

25 comments:

Paul C said...

I like how you captured the 'spontaneous surprise' of stone in the hands of a sculptor.

phil said...


just beautiful.
Bravo!

Suz said...

Oh this was so good!
such writing

Annie said...

I very much like how it is the stone that is spontaneous rather than the master's hand. His hand may guide the idea but the life in the stone either responds or it doesn't.

Gabriela Abalo said...

Great!

"Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry."
~Mark Strand,

loveNlight
Gabi

kathew said...

Every stone has a soul-beautiful poem

susan m hinckley said...

I loved the last line of this poem, and there were some beautiful images as well. Lovely job!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Every piece with a different memory, recorded for future use..

CJ xx

The Bug said...

I liked this a lot! The end made me smile...

Everyday Goddess said...

that is so great, seeing the movement in stone!

Berowne said...

"Spontaneous stone." Great!

Aoife.Troxel said...

What an orignal take. It really surpirsed me, I had never thought about that, the spontaneity of stone. Great musings :)

willow said...

Love-love-love that last line!

Helen said...

Your Magpie causes us to think of stone in a completely different way ....

Tumblewords: said...

Glorious spontaneity of stone - wonderful.

Kimmie said...

wonderful ... yes, the mind of a master sculpture would be able to capture a split second of spontaneous emotion

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

You definitely caught the soul of sculpting. Wonderful!

Stafford Ray said...

Glad you brought our attention to the spontaneity of the sculpture. Nice insight.

RNSANE said...

I'll never again look at a sculpture in the same way!!!


At 65, I've done it! My poetry book - Life's Journey by Carmen Henesy - is out on Amazon!
( Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )
http://www.amazon.com/Lifes-Journey-1-Carmen-Henesy/dp/1451547366/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274652997&sr=1-1

Vicki Lane said...

"hand-fasted to the hardness of stone" -- nice image!

Brian Miller said...

there is much hidden in the sonte, in the hands of the right sculptor...nice magpie!

Lyn said...

Artists can do everything..and you did!! Thanks..

Jingle said...

very enjoyable read.
beautiful tale!


mine is up!

Lena said...

What a wonderful post and a wonderful thought.

C.M. Jackson said...

brilliant--beautiful poem and post