Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Poem for Wednesday

The center or yoke of the poem below came from an old journal. It was obviously a work in progress in 1976 and one which I abandoned toward the later pages as I abandoned the journal. I seem to never fill them in entirety.

Today I unearthed the poem and found some phrases of merits and it seemed to reflect on my fragile feelings since succumbing to the flu (the vaccine of which is made in egg yokes) so I began playing around with it again. If I remember correctly at the time it was begun I had geese and ducks and was experimenting with making my own tempera paint which uses egg yokes carefully removed from their membranes.

With cold calcium shells
Neatly arranged
Separated in nested cartons

Tea cozies
And angel eggs
Poached in boiling water
Whites suspended in three dimensions
Eaten delicately on toast
With tea and butter

Duck eggs
So large and smooth
Cracked and separated
White from yoke
rolled from palm to palm
Medium for tempera paint

Pretty eggs
delicately peeled of protective shell
Yoke and white suspended in membrane
Like a water balloon of life
Quivering in open palm
No longer able to turtle

She quivered
hugging herself together
With flimsy translucent memories
Waiting to be pricked by experience
No longer the cozy turtle.

Eggs, wonderful eggs
so perfectly sealed
And filled with promise
Cozy and comfortable

(c) J. Binford-Bell 2009

Do you have a poem to share with us this Wednesday? One you wrote or just enjoyed reading. Leave a comment here with url or on Twitter or on my Y!360 page.

Heidi B has hers posted already.

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  1. I think mercury's already in retro - LOL - as it took me every which way to get here. But here I am, and I loved your egg poem, thinking of another good friend, and artist from Belarus. She teaches icon painting, among other things, and the base of such is a sort of Russian secret. In the mix is egg yolk as a base for glazing as well. Eggs play an important part in many artistic endeavours, it seems. Hugs

  2. Thanks for that extra bit of information. Have you seen "Girl with a Pearl Earring"? It is about VanMeer and has a bunch of scenes of mixing colors and his own special pigments. Now we just run down to the art store and buy them but I cannot help but think we miss something if we have not tried it at least once.

  3. Jacqui, it's wonderful poem with all its double-entendre. I'm not an artist and didn't know about the egg yolks. I love the symbolism.

    I've done something a little different for poetry Wednesday. Here's my offering for this week. http://bekkieslife.blogspot.com/2009/05/poetry-wednesday-stand-by-me.html


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