volumetric displacement

blood red sky

a sanguine tide


a cry-

spirit of existence wet
on ashen floor

there is too much of me
in you

a shadow, consuming,
prodigious profusions.
time and life spun upon


and all directing towards
and directed out

the chase of this
too-rushed speck

all want just to Be.
I chase for more of you in me.

I wrote this poem with two intentions in mind.  I wanted it to be lyrical, and I wanted it to consist of flashes of images combining to create an overall mood.  I’ve always admired the abstract lyrical style of artists like King Buzzo, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Neil Fallon, Aaron TurnerMJK (of course) — too many to mention, really — as well as poets with a more abstract style, such as William Blake, Yeats, e.e. cummings, DickensonWallace Stevens — again, too many to mention.  But We do enjoy the name-dropping.

In any case, I have always thought the sounds, the tones, the moods of things were of more vital importance than the textbook definitions, the static “meanings”.  We create our own meaning, by the very act of experiencing a piece of art.  If you allow someone or something to dictate the intent or essence of something to you, it is the same as allowing yourself to be owned, to be controlled.  When has art ever been about control?

© Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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