What is hidden in crevices, tiny tide pools, our obscure and wayward selves? Our main narrative, who we are, what we’ve been through, how we think of ourselves, our stories, the way we present ourselves to others, what if that falls away? Our mainstream still, empty, non-existent. Creeping out of the shadows, slithery, bat-like things, or fairies, gnomes, sylphs and undines, or a cast of characters of every shade and tenor, or visions of sublime beings composed of light? Would the inner child – of fears and magic – creep out? Would we utter pure poetry, mad phrases? Would stray, incoherent thoughts stream by, seed fluffs floating, promising blossoms? Can we surprise ourselves? Do we know ourselves? Are we open to stories of our lives that don’t fit the main narratorial road we’ve carved out of the mountains and sand and ocean of our experiences? Can we accommodate our minorities, submerged selves, to create an inner democracy between what composes us? Listen to stray thoughts on the edge of your consciousness – what do you hear?
I wrote this prosepoem 5 years ago, but edited it for Big Tent Poetry’s June 4th poetry prompt: where will our wild things be?
Sure… it’s a rephrasing of the question posed by Big Tent’s auteurs, but you can see from my piece, I understand what’s being asked! ::grins::
(I’ve been all those things – sublime vision of light, and yes the slithery bat self -when I dare!)
The Lady and the Chimera, 12″ x 9″, 30.5 x 23cm, oil on canvas, 2010.