Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Gift of Knowledge


Art By Mary Cassatt: Young Woman Picking the Fruit of Knowledge (1892)

Come hither, young chicks
I will teach you knowledge
Served from God's dish
A thousand years in my right eye
Ten thousand stories flutter from my left
I count each a blessing
Grafted from meadows and gardens
Mother Nature's window dressing

First, I will spit in your eyes
And teach you to fly
One arm outstretched then the other
Pulsing alive, the red heart revived
Receiving wondrous messages in the wind
Hello is sunrise and goodnight is sunset
And the moon is a pillow to rest and pray

Take heed when the thunderous storm growls
Never fear, it comes with an agenda
Rain fills the sky as earth becomes a soup of wisdom
To nurture, give, and receive
Where roots reveal her charm 
Springs and summers hence shall dream
Rich, in front, inspiring humanity

Written for The Mag & Sunday Whirl 

17 comments:

thewritersvillage said...

Great poem, great story - I felt I was in the garden, and God was speaking to me in this great rhythmic way, and I was spellbound, listening to the story of creation. Nice work. Randy

WabiSabi said...

I loved the phantasmagoric feel to this poem especially the ten thousand stories fluttering out of the left (eye) My First Whirl

oldegg said...

I loved this piece although I must confess I wanted you to end with something like "Tread carefully here".

Cad said...

I noticed the difference in the eyes, too, which added to the strange atmosphere of the whole painting. You caught the same unease with your words..

Berowne said...

Surprising and quite gripping; well done.

Nanka said...

"Mother Nature's window dressing" is a beautiful line!! Lessons well taught!! ...... and "Rain fills the sky as earth becomes a soup of wisdom" covers everything in sight!!

Illsa Gorrey said...

excellent combination of the two prompts!

Dave King said...

Brilliantly done, clever and entertaining. A charming read.

Jules said...

Your piece is full of depth and wisdom. Cheers!

I enjoy writing about the Garden also - you might like this piece:
http://juleslongerstrandsofgems.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/better-than-a-black-fly-on-a-white-wall-wwp-152/

The Wordle you read is part of a larger story that is now over 50 pages long and you can find the whole thing here (if and when you choose to take a peek...)I just use the wordle list to help tell it.

http://julesstorypageswhirl.wordpress.com/all-together-now-so-far-anyway/

Laurie Kolp said...

Nice... I especially like "the moon is a pillow to rest and pray" and "earth becomes a soup of wisdom"...

Mrs.Trellis said...

I'd rather have no spit in my eyes... LOL

Kathe W. said...

oh this is magnificent! Wonderful words.

Donetta Sifford said...

This is absolutely beautiful to read! Glad I had a chance to read your words.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Great combo of the prompts! Your words just flow! I could use a bowl of that "soup of wisdom"!

Sara McNulty said...

This is amazing! You answered two difficult prompts with one flowing poem.

Tess Kincaid said...

A moon is a pillow to rest and pray...oh that's lovely...

FaShiOnIsTa said...

Very rich, you can see the words dancing on the palette of your mind