WATERCOLORS AND WORDS
by R H (Rhonda) CARPENTER
Friday, December 15, 2017
by Rita Banerjee
What does it mean to be so still?
to glide along the ocean floor
like some black-tongued electric eel,
to burn through marbled gold and green
of oceanic things like some
compact mass deforming space, time,
a void within voids, and then?
It is easier to imagine amphibian,
to know that blood, too, can change
its temperament as quickly as
salamanders change skin, as quickly as
eyes of newt and tongues of dog become
incantations, enchantments of art
and life just as an animal submerged
under water becomes unknown,
just as respirations become primitive
and breaths and motions cease
as a lone fish in a dark pond
arrives as an object of thought
and becomes stone.
Rita Banerjee is the author of
Echo in Four Beats
forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in February 2018.
She is the executive creative director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
and teaches on modernism, art house film, and South Asian aesthetics and literary theory at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in Germany,
where she currently lives.
December 16, 2017 at 10:11:00 AM EST
Glad you enjoyed it, JD :)
December 17, 2017 at 8:33:00 PM EST
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