Silk: Notes & Comments

I wrote this series, or long poem, while I was approaching the necessity of a divorce. I was engaged in much soul searching and deep thought, and immersed myself in music and reading that allowed me to explore the challenges nearest to my heart. As part of this I listened over and over to the Dawn Upshaw albums “The Girl with Orange Lips” and “White Moon: Songs to Morpheus.” It is that latter influence which is reflected strongly in this work.

Bombyx Mori
The domestic silkworm moth

Mariposa de Bombyx mori

Kaiko Yashinai-gusa
sericulture, silk farming, silkworm cultivation

Farmers' Lives in Twelve Months

“Let me know some little joy
‘though I suffered long annoy.
Not contented with a thought
of an idle fancy wrought,
more than shadows or a sliding,
let my joys have some abiding.”

John Fletcher. 1579–1625. “Sleep.” In: Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

“Oblivion soave
i dolci sentimenti.”

Claudio Monteverdi. “Arnalta’s Aria.” L’incoronazione di Poppea.

“surge no infinito
a lua docemente,
Enfeitando a tarde
qual meiga donzela.”

Heitor Villa-Lobos. Bachianas Brasileiras #5, Aria (Cantilena).

“Por el cielo va la luna con un niño … “

Federico García Lorca. Romance de la Luna, Luna, Luna.

George Crumb. Night of the Four Moons.


3 responses to “Silk: Notes & Comments

  1. I am grateful for letting me read this and in awe with your skill, sensibility and the resilience of pursuing poetry during hard times in life.

    • What a kind and perceptive comment. 🙂 Poetry is, for me, a kind of prayer, and sometimes a kind of therapy — How I work out issues, how I try to see into the world deeply. I won’t say it always works, but it is how I try. 🙂 Thank you for reading the poems!

  2. I ran into this exchange by chance.
    How Have you been. Write with news, would you?

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