move the eye or heart a fraction of an inch
and the whole universe changes
within this gleaming arc.
in moments of inattention brides are stolen,
the careful line smudged
and the pencil broken.
and enchanted by these graphite trails
in this curve of dreams.
in rivers of light and sanguine seas
I breathe you deeply
as I swim the night.
the warped familiarity of the room
folds your body into
my arm, hand, fingers and thoughts
curl away into infinity
you are trapped in mirrored labyrinths,
not recognizing me
as I search for you.
/ art and poem by clinock /
Self-Portraits from The Archives #3.
“In the mirror my name is lost in canyons of colour. Thoughts and feelings dissolve in shadows and light. Memories become texture and line. My fingers dance to the drums of the Fathers and the chanting of the Mothers. Night spirits whisper and call and the shaman of the sun sings music that swells inside. Flesh dissolves into rainbows of light. Rich and pulsing darkness purrs upon impossible edges of skin, the illusion of my beginning and ending. I fly in eagles and glide cold depths in the bellies of whales. I am in the tall pine, the voices of the Mothers and the hands of the beater of drums. Proudly I move to the drum. Within this circle of incantation and musty magic I am dancer, warrior and magician and my spirit is straight and true. I look into my eyes and each orb becomes a universe. The stranger in this circumference of glass guides my hand and I dissolve again into marks moving across paper deserts. I know this language, always becoming, between the stars and the deepest cave of my heart. It speaks of coming home again. It speaks of walking this world proudly and in beauty”.
Drawing and Writing by clinock. Drawing: Self Portrait in circular mirror with text (the writing is the text around the drawing). Diameter, with text, 12″. Chalk pastel, conte and black pen. Click on image for detailed view.