Geometry Rebreathes

why it was only a few short years ago, he said
when you were just a slip of a girl

but now I am the eternal flame in your hearth
the buffalo chip of your home fires

and I’m watching my back
watching my step
letting them move all the way in
as I watch the closing doors

and I’m watching my weight
minding my manners
watching the river flow

and I’m scanning the horizon
waiting for sunrise

waiting for you to change your mind

for the tipping of your hat
the changing of the guard
the next big thing

my lucky break

and I am waiting to strike
until the iron is hot

and I’m searching for the apple that’s ripe
the ever-bearing orchard
the inevitable circus tent where you will be the one
who is jumping through the many-colored hoops

of fire

and it makes no difference

to the crust of the earth
the flow of the tides
the course of events
or the face of history

but I am waiting for the avalanche
that is bound to release me
and I know that it is coming
any day now



The Eternal Flame in Your Hearth © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Letting Them Move All the Way In © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Searching for the Ever-Bearing Orchard © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Scan the Horizon © Catherine Rutgers 2020

The Course of Events © Catherine Rutgers 2020

My Lucky Break © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Until the Iron Is Hot © Catherine Rutgers 2020

The Flow of the Tides © Catherine Rutgers 2020

The Crust of the Earth © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Jumping Through the Many-Colored Hoops © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Bound to Release Me © Catherine Rutgers 2020

The poem is “A Slip of a Girl” from my illustrated chapbook no angel: the rock-and-roll icon woman who just wasn’t anybody’s mother, created in October 1994.

I started working with the idea for geometrical abstracts on Friday, April 3rd. Today, I was ready to name the chosen pieces for this post, when fragments from the poem flashed into my memory. Now, the text is a prelude to the art. It’s always an interesting trip.

Words and images by Catherine Rutgers © April 2020

About CatRutgers4Art

Original art by Catherine Rutgers, with musings on the media and the methods. Founded in 2010. “I believe in magic moments. Am not afraid to be sentimental, and adore a tweaked cliché. Two of my favorite pastimes are watching paint dry and observing green tendrils unfold.”
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1 Response to Geometry Rebreathes

  1. Greetings and thank you to the poets and all who have liked this post. With best wishes to everyone, Cat

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