The Water Show 2017

A COLLABORATION OF POETRY, PAINTING, AND IDEAS

WITH MICHAEL AND KATHLEEN SEILER

 

 

 

The sky is like an opal

with a fire in its breast —

all cool and grey without

but hot within,

whose sun,

‘neath the horizon,

is not content to sleep,

but defies the sluggish moon to reel it in.

 

 

 

 

Water Series #12,                 48″ x 60″                Asphalt, Alkyds                          2017

 

 

 To Matthew:

When you were just a little boy,

I tried to teach you well

of dragons, trolls and fairies

of angels, elves, and Hell.

I still believe that angels

can flatten trolls with but a stroke.

— I swear that there were Virgins once

(before the heavens broke).

A dragon lives in Lock Ness

(They’ll prove it one day, sure).

And every day the elves and fairies

dance before the Pure.

 

Water Series #14,                 48″ x 60″                Asphalt, Alkyds                          2017

 

 

If I had known how dry you were

I would have given you water.

If I had known you were hungry for bread,

I’d have given you mine, no matter.

I supposed you wanted to taste the sea,

to see if the brine’s flat or stale—

While I sat at home, awaiting your verdict,

you boarded your ship and set sail.

 

 

 

 

Water Series #1,                 48″ x 60″                Asphalt, Alkyds                          2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re off into uncharted seas again.

At least we’re together.

Please stay close as we take the plunge –

I’ll be breathless –

but, the icy waters will warm

if you hold my hand.

 

 

 

Water Series #10,                 48″ x 60″                Asphalt, Alkyds                          2017

 

 

 

 

        

      This is #20 in the Asphalt and Alkad Water Series which premiered in a collaborative exhibition with Michael Seiler's wife Kathleen Seiler. Her poetry was coupled with each painting.