A Divining Rod of Ancient Silver Divining Twin Streams
by Steven McCabe
A divining rod of ancient silver divining the outlines of the future
A divining rod of ancient silver divining channels between flowers
A divining rod of ancient silver divining the stone wheel of memory
A divining rod of ancient silver divining the wind upon the fields
A divining rod of ancient silver divining the moons beneath the city
A divining rod of ancient silver divining the roots of wisdom fruit
A divining rod of ancient silver divining sea and Self, an ongoing dialogue between sea and Self
A divining rod of ancient silver divining social collapse
A divining rod of ancient silver divining twin streams:
Pottery: the Jomon (縄文) Period (Japan, c. 12,000-300 BCE) and William Blake (1794) England.
Religious calendar art showing Jesus with children and the iconographic image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevera.
Many years ago I did a printmaking project in an elementary school. One of the students made a print of (what I thought was) a Central or South American religious deity. I was intrigued with the clay pots or possibly drums. Then I realized I was looking at it upside down. How odd such a cartoon, reversed, depicts an altogether different creature. Nothing about the ‘accidental’ image reflected the student’s cultural heritage.
Photographic still from the B movie ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space.’ And the Pietà, Michelangelo’s great work, in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Angelus Novus by Swiss-German artist Paul Klee & the exquisite Donna Summer modelling a gown.
A painting by Giotto and a photograph of the parachuting Russian pilot whose jet was shot down by Turkey. Photographed before being shot, as he floated to earth, by terrorists allied with Turkey.
Digital configuration of Blake’s art + Jomon pottery.
Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit & the Shroud of Turin.
Goldfish and residential street in Toronto.
A wonderful and eclectic collection of images!
Thank you Anna! Yes, they just called out to be ‘mated’ with a twin….
I am glad to see the last image, Steven. For some reason it is one of my favorites of yours. Maybe it’s because it captures the imaginative world that seems to inhabit the experience of walking snowy streets at night.
I was also glad to not be able to find the Russian pilot in the Giotto picture, although I’ve returned a few times to see if I’m missing something. This is the first I’ve heard about this…And what an extraordinarily strange way to die. You see…it has been haunting me.
Hi Jana, thank you for liking mr. or mrs. goldfish. Perhaps Senora or Herr. There is something about a snowy street at night. The crunching. I guess a goldfish passing by in the air would be ‘un-crunching.’ Glad you didn’t spot the blurred image of the tragic figure. Giotto’s landscape seemed vast and bare so I used it to juxtapose our time with the time and mood he was depicting. It is a haunting idea. A different sort of floating from the one you enjoyed.
As always, a beautiful and evocative collection of words and images.
Thank you mrsdaffodil. I can take credit for ‘arranging’ the images only but I’m glad the words work with them.
Fantastic collection – I also really like the final image.
Thanks you Richard. There’s something about a goldfish swimming in the dark up a snowy street I guess!
Excellent artwork… the image featuring Che Guevara and the VIrgin is highly catching to the eye—- best wishes. Aquileana ⭐
Thank you Aquileana, very happy to hear from you and hear what catches your eye. All best to you also!
It’s all a surreal dream and I travel down it like a new river over smooth boulders…
Have to admit I am also a member of the floating goldfish fan (fin?) club 😉
Thank you John. ‘fins over boulders…’ A mythical evolutionary construct in your poetry!