because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

from “notes on physiognomy”

joshua tree in black and white

i hung my heart from the stiff arms of a joshua tree
to dry in the mojave sun.
the veins tightened and cracked,
muscle fibers stiffened and swung
ever so slightly in the rarefied desert air,
paling, and against the blue blue of the sky
it grew beautiful for a moment,
beautiful as all the poetry in the world.

18 responses

  1. It’s beautiful.

    And the picture and poem just complement each other so well.

    July 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    • Thanks, wanderer. It was one of those where I had the image (more or less) in my head before I even started writing.

      August 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

  2. Seems a little tree sap ultimate cure all or at least the unreachable momentary Nirvana.

    July 30, 2013 at 6:38 am

    • it is amazing what the desert air can do, Carl. πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

  3. I loved this – esp the conceit at the end- yes, beautiful as all the poetry in the world. – Exquisite. – mosk

    July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    • aw, thanks, friend Mosk!

      August 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

  4. oh nice use of the joshua tree…the drying of the heart…
    and then the close..ha…mosk already pointed that out but…yeah

    a week from friday? i will be working then but plan on being there
    wont be early though as i will be pushing it…but maybe hang out
    a bit after this time…

    July 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    • thanks, b. Joshua Tree is a pretty amazing place.

      Yeah, gallery a week from tomorrow. It’d be great to see you! And you know we’re usually good to hang out whenever. smiles.

      August 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

  5. wow…that’s all I have is wow.

    July 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  6. scotthastiepoet

    Hey, nice work – you caught something here… I’ll be back to check you out again… With Best Wishes Scott

    July 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    • thanks, Scott! You’re welcome any time. πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

  7. Laurie Kolp

    I absolutely love your first line… The whole poem, too!

    July 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    • Thank you, Laurie. The first line is my favorite, too. πŸ™‚

      August 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

  8. Nice. What a delightful thought, to hang your heart in the desert and it becomes beautiful. Hope that’s true.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    • well, it’s a nice thought, anyway. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Myrna.

      August 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

  9. It’s so beautiful when the whole Universe becomes a poem..Lovely words love ya friend!

    August 1, 2013 at 3:04 am

    • πŸ™‚ thanks, Katie!

      August 1, 2013 at 10:24 am


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