Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Philosopher By Moonlight

 
 
 

 
 
 
Philosopher By Moonlight
(A quadrille)



Life is a crinkle in the matrix
lapping at my edges while
ghosts browse the tombstones
eating names. Night covers me
with her firefly illusion
and her singing moon.
At daybreak we fold
like painted fans 
of Shaolin warriors, all
landscapes
and paper-covered blades.




May 2022













posted for dVerse Poets

















Process Note The Steel or Iron Fan: The Chinese have a saying regarding weapons, “The shorter it is – the more dangerous.  The more ordinary looking, the deadlier it is.”...The steel fan is ...easy to carry and is inconspicuous.  When the weather is warm, you can use the fan to cool yourself and chase the flies away.  When you are in danger, you can use the steel fan as an effective weapon for self-defense because the ribs are made of steel...The fan is considered an “internal” weapon, because it uses the “soft” to overcome the “hard” and the short to overcome the long...”





Images: Philospher Illuminated by the Light of the Moon and Setting Sun, 1939 © Salvador Dali 
Fair Use
Shaolin Iron Fan, artist unknown, via internet Fair Use

14 comments:

  1. Wow- your words are spectacular, and thank you for the information on the steel fan. Fascinating.

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  2. I love the ghosts eating names and the incorporation of the Shaolin fan into your poem! I need to get one. Then I can be both ladylike and well protected.

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  3. Handy little thing, that fan, tool for night, weapon against the day (by folding). Delicate flute here for the nachtmusik.

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  4. Wow! Joy, there's so much here!! Honestly, how do you come up with these images? They're so good. I'm not just saying that.

    -David [ben Alexander]
    http://skepticskaddish.com/

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  5. Not certain how I could have missed your Quadrille, it is quite gorgeous, Joy.

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  6. of all the great lines, the ghost line stands out ~

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    1. ha. just re-read this and realized the title is missing an "O"

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    2. *Blush* Thanks for the heads up--fixed it. Obviously there is no auto-correct in the title box, (which is probably a good thing, really. )

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  7. I love the background of those steel fans... but most of all that line about the ghosts eating the names. I am reminded of some of the creatures in Spirited Away...

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  8. This is an absolute wonder Joy' you took me through a day and when it should present some sorrow all I see is hope.

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  9. Delightfully enchanting imagery here, Hedgewitch!

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  10. A delight to read, as always, Joy. Thanks for the fan info. I learned something new!

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  11. "ghosts browse the tombstones
    eating names."

    love that line, i pulls me in multiple directions, not sure what to make of it, but i love that mystery, the poem moves like a razor, dissecting all of life's cringles ( i was already familiar with the shaolin fan, i used to watch a lot of vintage bruce lee jackie chan movies, great image!)

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    1. Thanks. My son and I watch the Full Moon (Hong Kong ) grade B kung fu movies all the time. Five Venoms, Drunk Master, etc and of course the classics too. So not too surprising this image came into my mind. Thanks for all your thoughts and input, Phillip.

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