Poems collected from participants in Dave Johnson’s 10*10*10*2 Workshops!
Episode 14: Naomi Shihab Nye & Line Breaks
bottles shiver in street light
canvasses of oil of copper pots
bake the elements of understanding
heat eating our own ideas
only thoughts will do
The Mnemonics of Music
Songs bleed into consciousness
and a lyric can fire a nerve
the chorus a personal attack
that inflames a scar of memory.
Or: a rhyme rings like a church bell
it echoes through the nave of one’s history
through the details of events that build
the cathedral of one’s ego.
The harmony resonates
in the vault of the brain
bouncing back an instant later,
one’s story now softened by the latency.
—Gina A. Turner
When the Muse Amuses
She is Vocal
All of Creation
While Charming herself