Just a Face in the Crowd 2

Just a face in the crowd –

she waits for her voice to be heard,

while others fill-in her eyes

with their assumptions.

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Portrait: Dad & The Kids

Photograph: Robbie Augspurger/Balenciaga

 

We were a small example.

Sea teeth in people are found –

there in their smiles.

Male sleep divided

the descent of heritage.

That is not this boy.

The father knows, of course, as the son tries to mask discomfort with a pre-teen attempt at masculine confidence in the face of a questionable culture’s facade. The girls maintain a pose of feminine defiance constructed out of the resignation that girlish wiles and intellectual curiosity must tread a democracy that is not equal – curiously, none of them mentioned what they had buried there, in with the potted plants.

This two sentence mystery brought to you by :

  The GUARDIAN   &   HARPER’S BAZAAR.

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Ötzi: your closed and dreaming eyes

“………..the mummies were entirely petrified, and could have been carried from one place to another like blocks hewn from a quarry. There were four of them, and they represented four different types of microcephalic mankind, the sort who lived in the world during the Metallic Age, the period between the nineteenth and twenty-second centuries. However, craneoscopic examination did show that they had attained a certain degree of mental development, roughly of the level of apodic man, that is ‘man without feet’, which existed during the age known as the Metallic Age, or the Movement Age.”

Life and death are but a dream

and all the world in dreams is grown;

dream is life itself to a man,

dream is death to the stone.

 

On your closed and dreaming eyes

one idea is drawn:

Worth far more than a man who sees

is the blindness of the stone.”

 

 

The Ruins of Granada

(Source)

1899 – Ángel Ganivet  (Translated by Marian Womack)

 

It looks a lot like a murder

The usual cold case ,……….

20 or maybe 30 years old,

but Now –

a case 5,300 years old,……

 

TIME & SPACE RECEDES –

Finally, the Truth arrives –

glacial evidence.

 

SHOT –

probably from quite a distance,

about 30m –

not a close-contact killing;

it’s a distance of the heart,………… Killing.

 

 

“If there was Hate,

if it was Jealousy,

if it was Revenge,……

we will not be able to tell you.”

He was the Other.

 

The Heart has reasons, that Reason knows not.

 

A heated heart turns cold,

hot blood pleads with frozen ground –

rock hard sky & ice bear witness.

 

…..the Stone Age hunter – who was felled by an arrow that penetrated his left shoulder, causing him to fall and hit his head on a Stone, after which he bled to death – has proved just as popular as a tourist attraction. “The figure of Ötzi, with his mythical grandeur, allowed us to look into the past to see what it tells us about the present,…..”

Source: The Guardian -stone age survivor Ötzi

 

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Process Notes

1. The image was a blend of my oven pan abstracts and a reconstruction of Ötzi’s face. The composition was my attempt to emulate Richard Guest’s intriguing portrait sketch – also see his post Paintings for the homes of our new Brexit rulers.

 

2. The Ruins of Granada” (1899) is unique in that it is one of Spain’s first speculative fiction stories and its author, Ángel Ganivet (1865 — 1898), was known mostly for his “serious” writing which helped genre fiction enter the mainstream of Spanish literature. It combines prose and verse, and is influenced in narrative form by contes philosophiques ( philosophical dialogue tales ) You can read the full translation by Marian Womack on the Weird Fiction Review at the links provided.

3. The haunting vocal performance by Katya Chilly carries a primal emotional power that conveys both the distant past, and the uncertain horizon of the future.

4. I incorporated found poetry and Haiku stanza in the text of this post. Links to sources of the text are found within the lines.

 

 

 

 

 

Ripples Crash Shorelines – IQ Test

I’m speaking with myself for one –

I have a very good brain.

I know the best words…….

Most people don’t know that.

Did you know that ?

Did You know that ?

 

 

My view matters. That’s the way it goes.

What goes around comes around –

it is a phrase we are going through,

spilling into awareness –

birds fluttering in a dry puddle.

 

A modest suggestion for an IQ test for those seeking to hold political office. IQ tests evaluate the ability to learn information and skills, and then effectively apply that learning to solve problems. For those wishing to hold political office, they should be evaluated for their intellectual ability to apply empathy and ethics when solving problems in an effective manner. The test should measure their understanding of collaboration, collateral damage, and the implied spaces that extend beyond any solution.

 

 

The test should give an accurate evaluation of the subject’s ability to formulate a plan , and efficaciously communicate both the plan and the underlying goals. The level of communication skills will indicate how well the message  is presented to a diverse audience.

 

Stepping into pool

The depth of ignorance grows –

ripples crash shorelines.

 

Note: The found poem, and their related images, spring from a series of statements ( repeated catch phrases ) made by President Trump  (See embedded links). This post combines found poetry, haibun and haiku. I have attempted to use the best words possible. Many thanks for your thoughts & interest.