inspired by xoce garcia villa’s “first, a poem must be magical”, which goes something like this:
First, a poem must be magical,
Then musical as a seagull.
It must be a brightness moving
And hold secret a bird’s flowering
It must be slender as a bell,
And it must hold fire as well.
It must have the wisdom of bows
And it must kneel like a rose.
It must be able to hear
The luminance of dove and deer.
It must be able to hide
What it seeks, like a bride.
And over all I would like to hover
God, smiling from the poem’s cover.
single color on lightness: digitally retooled from an original mongol #2 pencil on corona (circa 2011)