1.18.2013

blue twain

I am all gentle
softness and whispers;
you are all forgiveness.

We are standing
at the edge of contrary
cumulus and sapphire,

waiting for a pronouncement,
holding our breath
till we are cleared for takeoff,

like two robins
standing sentry
as the morning worm rises.

I stage-whisper, “It’s time.”
You tuck straw around our eggs.
We make quite a pair.

painting/photo copyright Kim Nelson
This is the first poem in my book Responsive Pleading, which seems so well-paired with this gorgeous painting by my friend Kim Nelson that I sought Kim's permission to link them together here. Please visit Kim's art and poetry blog, and get ready to be inspired: 
Kim Nelson Creates
And if you don't already have your copy of Responsive Pleading, what are you waiting for? Nudge.

9 comments:

  1. I bet we created these at exactly the same time on precisely the same day in out parallel lives. This is wondrous.
    By the way... this little painting is on a plane to Kerry in South Africa. How cool is this world?

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  2. we belong together! and that's awesome, that it's en route to Kerry. perfect.

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  3. Both the painting and the poem have my mind racing. A very nice pairing indeed.

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  4. I *do* have a copy of Responsive Pleading, and highly recommend it! I love your pair of robins tending the nest, and Kim's painting is the perfect compliment.

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  5. 'edge of contrary' is great--also the following line, and the sense of two being one.

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  6. Beautiful words inspired by beautiful art, a perfect pairing.

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