Monday, January 30, 2012


painting by wassily kandinsky


the dog star has turned Labrador dark,
the boomerang does not return,
McDonald’s arches turn ketchup-red,

epees clank seriously in mock combat,
three wayward stars fell in a perfect parallel,
tropical toucans stab mangos with stiletto beaks,

the Stone’s massive tongue licks sticky fingers,
a black eel triumphed in the annual worm race,
painted hatchets are more art noir than war club,

coronets without mutes should not wail,
the flying wing has night flights near China Lake,
a thick asteroid belt encircles most moons,

yellow daisies with black tongues are macabre,
moss agates capture primal tableaus,
terrorist missiles hit the great pyramid at dawn,

the silver surfer leaves golden contrails between planets,
shredded Israeli flag waved about by stickmen
who still enjoy a thick pat of creamery butter
on their strawberries.

Glenn Buttkus

January 2012

Listed as #68 over on Magpie Tales 102

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Ginny Brannan said...

"...epees clank seriously in mock combat,"

So much you captured and pulled from this image. I, too, thought of epees, but only after my own piece was written and posted (and described as "negative images" instead). Really fascinating, I enjoyed this.

Brian Miller said...

wow this is like hemoraging imagery...the toucans is a cool touch...ack on the arches going red...yellow daisies with black tongues is def one that sticks too glenn...nicely done...

Sue said...

I love the way you took this apart and put it back together again with your words.


Anonymous said...

Brilliant, approached the painting like a Rorschach Test, mentally melded with it, examined each shape and colour, pieced strokes together, stream of consciousness transformed into words, lived in the painting and recounted the experience verse, good stuff

Anonymous said...

I love this line: "tropical toucans stab mangos with stiletto beaks" ... and butter on strawberries. LOL. So cute. :)

This week's prompt is up, if you're interested. I hope you are!


ninotaziz said...

I can see all the pictures you painted with words...Thank you Glenn.

Sienna said...

Thank you for including you reading the poem. I get it much better that way.I love your voice, and the cadence. I could listen to you for days. :-)

Helen said...

I love that you saw the boomerang too .... it just jumped out at me!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

The read was a joy on the ear - thank you.

Anna :o]

Tess Kincaid said...

Brilliant write Glenn...stellar opening line...and I love love love the McDonald's arches...

Dave King said...

Brilliant first stanza - and then you manage to maintain the standard throughout. Superb!