“catchment system”

New poem published in Voice de la Luna, Vol. 9 #3, May, 2017, p. 30.  I am sharing my poem published in the May issue of the magazine here but please do check out this San Antonio quarterly magazine of arts and literature and subscribe here!

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water from the downspout via CC Shoshanah

image courtesy of Soshanah via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.

catchment system

thoughts dangle

hang

from the eaves

need

untangling

~

these:

stacked in corners

in cabinets

on pages

on shelves

—a life

in leaflets

what to do

with what doesn’t’

have place

 

~

 

that transistor radio

we keep in the drawer

in case of nuclear war

 

—all those batteries

a glossy ad

for gutters

we’ve never had

 

~

 

thirty years

—the gush

 

ducked under

gallons      pouring

off the eaves

water

we could have

saved

but didn’t

 

~

 

we needed:

designer lincoln

sprinkler system

augustine

green

granite countertops

slate floors

swimming pool

 

a catchment system

that never happened

or did it

 

~

 

when batteries die

transistors desist

perhaps:

merciful sky

we’ll shower

under the gush

mouths      wide open

drinking

while we can

“the surprising” continues to SURPRISE! Poetry & Song: an hour with the artist, recorded live

love seeks it my image (detail)image:  “love seeks its own” 36X12″ acrylic on canvas (detail), D. Ellis Phelps, 2014.  All rights reserved.

Follow the youtube link below to hear me reading  (about 43 minutes long) from my first full-length manuscript of ecstatic poetry entitled, “what holds her” with commentary about my recent solo show of visual art, “the surprising.”

It was recorded at Intermezzo Gallery in Boerne, Texas on Nov. 1, 2014.  I also make comments about my artistic process.

And TADA! make my debut (HA!) as a singer/songwriter, singing two new songs written during the making of the art for this show.

Fast forward to about minute 26 if you just want to hear the songs & a little of their back-story.  The first song, “love seeks it own,” was received just after completion of the fourth painting in the series also entitled “love seeks its own,” after the song.

D. Ellis Phelps is the author of Making Room for George, Balboa Press, 2013.