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The Buzzards Bay Writing Project

a National Writing Project site

A note from the chaos

it's a sometimes tilt-a-whirl world

lights a blur of color in the dark

metallic music overlapping

the cicadas and spring peepers

 

an out of kilter place

where the midway entices

tin can alley, spill the milk bottles

a place where I don the straw hat of a carnie

 

and yet when funnel cakes

and cotton candy

lose their sweetness

 

when mornings are trash strewn

and clowns have erased their faces

 

in other words

when I stumble into daylight

after nights of revelry

 

where then is the still point

a focus to find

a direction to locate

 

in the back of my brain

a doo-wop ad plays

The Great Pretender

 

I want nothing more

than to float away

on the buoyancy of the blues

 

to sit at the feet of a sage

who will teach me

the lesson of the red sun

that rolls to edge of the world

and balances on the horizon

 

abbreviated equilibrium

an almost moment of clarity

a moment to center

like thrown clay

spinning on the wheel

 

 

I'll tiptoe the keyboard

of a jazz piano

while the saxophone catches strobes

 

morph into improv

 

I'll assume the crane position

embrace the moon

 

and let the silence of stars

fall on my shoulders

like rain

 

 

K Dunlap
February 2008

Buzzards Bay Writing Project
Links

BBWP Brochure (pdf)

Seaquestered Brochure (pdf)

National Writing Project⇒

Request for Funding (pdf)

Newsletters

1 Summer 2008  (pdf)

2 Fall 2008 (pdf)

3 Winter 2008-2009 (pdf)

4 Spring 2009 (pdf)

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