A New Kind Of Pygmalion

pygmalion

 

I have come to believe that as stewards of this planet we cannot afford to turn a blind eye. The kinship we have with all life “must be expressed in action, since belief is no longer enough.”
Susan Saladino

 

He creates
the sculpture of italics
using things that have a tendency
to slant or stress detail.

Plants, feathers, coral, bark and silt
(all manipulated by keen hands)
shape his mannequin who kneels
crinolined in bleached roots and raising
a sea bird in her palm.

With eyes shut, dreams
lapping against the shoreline of her lashes
she seems oblivious, meant
by her creator to be set apart.

But still,
she looks through us — knowing if
we can change to keep
the sun safe, the waters level,

and if not.. a shattering
beyond eardrums of dolphin or shark.

4 comments

  1. Wendy,.

    That final shattering shakes the core.
    You build this poem with vivid attention to detail.
    It mesmerizes as it moves the reader from creation
    to the real possibility of destruction.

    This organic woman becomes a living breathing being with such wonderful
    phrases as :

    “With eyes shut, dreams
    lapping against the shoreline of her lashes”

    I read your words and consider the image and I think she might just
    as well be the new Mother Earth. A modern symbol “crinolined
    in bleached roots and raising
    a sea bird in her palm.

    The poem and the subject are truly works of art.

    Thank you for this experience,

    Sarah

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  2. Dear Sarah

    Thank you so much for your interest in this poem and your generous praise regarding its contents. I am so glad you could relate to tis message and am very touched by your lovely words and perspective. Susan Saladino, form which the opening epigram is taken, is an artist who does exceptional work with environmental art. She is dedicated to saving the planet through this medium. If you would like to see more of her work and philosophy, here is a link to her website. She very much impressed me and inspired this poem —

    http://www.susansaladino.com/

    Again, many thanks!
    Take care
    Wendy

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  3. Wendy, this is a delightfully lyrical and timely warning to all of humankind.

    ‘But still, she looks through us — knowing if
    we can change to keep
    the sun safe, the waters level,’

    Let us hope we do not finally betray her trust.

    Douglas.

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  4. Hi Douglaus

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I deeply appreciate your thoughtful consideration; and yes,
    I hope the world listens to the planet’s cries for help and for earth’s need to heal from the damage humankind as already done. It is a fragile eco-system and we must take of it.

    Again, many thanks –
    Wendy

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