Sunday, December 3, 2017

Someone Else's Path

Here I walk on someone else's path;
I follow the curves, I follow the rules, I stay in the lines.
I may try to improve the path a bit; I may try to take its most efficient way.
And yet, still I walk someone else's path.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My country, 'tis of thee

My country, 'tis of thee ... and me,
If thou hadst the least of integrity,
of strength and of courageous intensity,
Thy leaders and all, all we
the people and our varied religiosity --
beliefs, intentions, focus and perversity --
could manage to make peace worldwide without war;
could invite our friends and "enemies" from near and far
with respect to sit with us without fear, on par,
asking all to share beliefs, intent, humanity, needs and more.

What do we want? Why must our needs be met or "Kill!"?
Why cannot humanity forgo want when our abounding riches will?
Why do we hide behind our richly funded condos, walls and war machine
While we imagine we imagine peace, love, a wonderful world and nothing so obscene

as gassing, shelling, aimless droning bombs, killing, starving children, ruined homes and poverty?

Static Comes with the radio ...From 2004

Static comes with the radio.

Ahhhh, riding down the road at night in an open car.
Turn on the brights to see the deer and a big moth car-
ving long sinusoidals in the headlight road toward Mars.

Oh, the beautiful cicada music wack-wacking amongst the whirring tires,
the poles thup thrupping climb-spike jagged rips and tears
beside the blacktop you know will break again the dangling wires

Cars, mars, tires, wires, comes my roady nightly woo
bump tha-dump into the yellow double splutty stew
while on the windshield splatter tsst tsst of myriad, deadly spew.

Static comes with the radio.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I Took a Walk Today [Connersville]

I took a walk today down by the canal, in sunshine along the railroad
I tight-roped the tracks and timed the ties to step along the day.
I took a walk today, by my magnificent river, up and down the city hills,
I reason an excuse for rolling fields, for locusts, cattle, sycamores and parks.
I took a walk today to open up my spirit, to give me time.
Time to fly, time to recognize my ignorance,
Time to open myself up to all my possibilities,
Time to stop thinking of them and every detail in between.
I love where I am because it is where I am.
I love to watch, to look, to have this Earth around me.
I love to walk in sunshine, rain, fog and storm.
I love to be with those I love.
I love to challenge myself.
I love to be happy when I'm finished even though I fail.
I went for a walk today and the sun shone down, the Earth shone up and
I shone in between, all one.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

From Art We Cannot Wander

From art we cannot wander.
Away from art we cannot dwell.
I dance, I draw, I write,
I carve, I sculpt, I knit, I sew --
       all in wonders' spell.

I share, I hide, I put myself asunder,
For though there is no art without me,
nor  no art without us all.
We are art. We create the wonder
       each within our narrow selves.

But with our selves together
the infinite is spoken, drawn, and shared as art, as experience,
as elusive, loving, mysterious
       as  amongst ourselves.

Vane Lashua, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In a Cemetery Comes

In a cemetery comes
the revelation that when I die
I am to be buried in the soil
in a shroud of my own making
to rot back to the inevitable wonder
that I am who and where I am when I die.

Vane Lashua

May 7, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lock It Up!

Lock it up!

There is no one more powerful than thee,
For regardless how you exit or explain
Unless you put lights out and lock up with a key,
Art work, yours or others’ shared, may not remain.

Wicked Phantoms, Cats, or Lion Kings
May leave you Something Rotten in your dreams;
J. Whitcomb Riley will rhyme other horrid things
Unless you lock, front and back, “along the seams.”

It’s our shared treasure after all,
This wonder, our galleried WVArtsA Hall.

Composed for the doors of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association
a 45-minute challenge