Upon viewing an installation of Frank Lloyd Wright windows brought together for an exhibition at the Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
They migrate from all directions
flying in perfect Wright formation,
these bits of camed glass,
tiny jewels of amber
citrine topaz amethyst
soar up and spread like wings
of some ghostly, glittering
flock of geese
ocean, tree and sky
colors deepen and transform
his luminous spaces
bubbles frozen into each piece
like breath captured
held in awe forever
waving prairie grasses,
each iridized section
its own sunset
against dark blue sky
some sold, lost, broken,
separated like children
in mystical open flight
The walls here torn away,
light, the only border.
—brenda j. cowe
Hands mill moist dirt to quench deep hurt,
From the seams and the reams;
I plant new seed to replace each bleed
Of many a midnight dream.
From wings I have shaken thoughts that have taken
A bite of fresh sprung leaf,
Hands dig deep soil not a bother, nor toil,
As the sun shines sweet relief.
I weed the roots of bulbs and shoots,
And prepare the land down under,
And await cool rain to dispel disdain,
As the sky, she cries with thunder.
I sleep slight wink of eyes which blink,
’Tis my pillow adorned with fear;
Restless eve repeats until a new day greets
A seedling to appear.
A blooming sunflower in my garden bower
I reap what I have sown,
For thy restless night and worrisome plight,
Gave birth to a golden throne.
Now the noonday sun, thy work be done,
As twilight doth begin;
And to sacred flower, growing taller each hour,
I retreat to dreams again.
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