Sunday, 2 October 2016

Jeffree Skewes #24 Desert Songs 1-3


August 28, 2016


Desert song (i)


Desert journey

traverses solitude reality

nothing but lizards eyes notice

heaven is busy somewhere else



no direction crisscrossed confused

at its core desert has no edge

horizons mirage endless futures

behind only forgotten history



myths aside there are no tides

skeletal ribs of ancient ships

purified tiny shifting gains of sand

blown with the running wind






image: desert stage 1. -installation maquette / sand silk rice paper ink digital photo jskewes





Desert song (ii)


In the desert you thought you knew

the sound of muffled emptiness

looking down foot runch

speaks new dimensions



distilling materia inertia

sieving gold from sand unfortunate

useless in this maze of circles

underground trapped water



caressed and corralled by

anxiety in empty wilderness

its only prize the fleeing shade

and water







image: untitled synthetic polymer paint on stretched canvas / jeskewes






Desert song (iii)



solitary song under-breath

beats a desert trance

into wind and ice

sheering off southern bearings



chant chant chant chant

single focus a diversion

rhythm plays for keeps

headed for the heart



somehow spiraling orbit

steers a nomad's course

with silken coordinates

plucks softer grass and gentle slopes

to at last Lhasa









image:Silk on the Road Drawing /silk ribbon & fabric rice paper ink on interfacing scroll detail / jskewes






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