TemperanceLoop – a poem in MatLab
Are you talking about ripples on the river
or a bolt of lightning felling a tree?
I would were I defining perturbations.
Ah, then you are suggesting we draw animals
in dapper suits or ask for the old man in the moon?
Patience in the 1990’s
We were patiently waiting for our lives to start
All around us, suburbs burned to cinders
It snows created houses in Los Angeles,
In October, the chaparral is patient with fire. Continue reading “Free Verse – Patience – Marcy Erb”
Since we have switched to virtues for the poetry theme, I thought I would put up a little neon art inspiration. Pretty much every day for six years I walked by Bruce Nauman’s Vices and Virtues public art installation at the University of California, San Diego – in the evening you can see it from miles around in La Jolla and UTC. How it merges the sins and virtues is almost like an ink blot test – when the “Faith” and “Lust” neon would light up together, I would see “Flauta” and it would make me crave Mexican food.
Upon Glimpsing the Allegory of Humility in the Sculpture GalleryFrom a distance I label her the personification of humility Hands wrapped about herself, like the Virgin Mary, Her bronze shawl draped about her head, neck, breasts To shield her beauty and keep her modesty, even under glass.
The Riddle of the Nightjar
Until I met the Great Nightjar,
with purple mouth a’smile,
on a quiet black night,
I had never been given
the answer and asked to
supply the puzzle. Continue reading “Free Verse – Pride – Marcy Erb”
Temple of the Road Gods
You drive like that, red pickup,
Pushing until someone lets you in
But it’s bad luck to cut off a bus
A rolling receptacle of good or bad will Continue reading “Free Verse – Wrath – Marcy Erb”
Of Vintage Commercials
An increasingly long time ago,
A commercial that ran
On the television of my childhood –
Of food being sloughed off china
Plates into garbage cans –
Warned us that 20 percent of the
World starved while 20 ate like
Kings. Continue reading “Free Verse – Sloth – Marcy Erb”