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New in my Etsy shop: original drawing – Steel Feathers in the Air

50.00 USD, by doodleslice

via Etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/156868665

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Icarus in Green

I guess I’ve had Icarus on the brain lately. Last night I attended a wonderful event, an Icarus Session, which was the brainchild of Seth Godin and hosted locally here in Atlanta by Judi Knight at her Urban Oasis. It was a fabulous night – I think just about everyone was a fan of Seth Godin’s work, but more important than that, most of the people there got up in front of the room and talked about the passion behind what they do. This was a night of discussing and sharing the art you do, whether you happen to be an artist or not. There were singers, coaches, yoga instructors, non-profit leaders, web designers, painters, landscapers, soldiers, etc. and all revealed a glimpse of their journey and vulnerability. It was enriching and refreshing.

But that’s not the only Icarus thing I’ve been preoccupied with – I’ve been working on this poem for a while now, and I thought I might share it here today as well:

Icarus in Green
by David Cohen 2013-01-02

every verse weaves
another feather into the armature of wax and green branches.

I grow bolder as the plumage thickens turning my arms into wings
Light and strong enough to dare the sky
now aloft,
Am I not Icarus reborn?

I stretch, I soar, arms burning, giddy
hungry for her unquenchable fire
the Sun
my radiant unreachable marble

composing line after rhyme I grasp for the living, life-giving inferno
a verbal photosynthesis
my wings of grass beat beat beat
greening for altitude

I sweat, not with the effort
but the broil

a feather falls as wax softens
but I compose green new feathers to keep me aloft
Thrust abundant in the wax
beat after feet
line after rhyme

Climb! Son of Daedalus, climb!
Climb! Above the gray clouds!
Bask now in the heat of eternity’s fire!
Pound your emerald wings!
Pound your pink thumbs on this tiny keyboard.
Pound until the last feather falls

A green blizzard is coming
a sudden final molting as the warm wax liquifies and runs

Oh treacherous wax!
Oh melty melty wax!

I, Icarus 2.0, fall again.
And even falling I belch green feathers of rhyme
Slapping them to the barren contraption,
They find no purchase
The sticky residue no longer sticky enough

And still I fall
And hit save

But my lines linger
Wafting slowly down
their fate no less certain,
all shall fall as I, to the oblivion of the sea
But no feather falls as fast as I

And perhaps yet a fine feathered line will tickle the fancy of a passing breeze
and ride upon her whim,
floating onward by some smiling zephyr’s grace,

Float on, my green wafting child
Float on

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first comes love #doodle #poem

first comes love - a doodle no.1640 and poem by dooodleslice David Cohen

2012-12-10 #1640

First comes love
by David Cohen 2012-12-10

interweaved and interwoven
take this kiss, lest it be stolen
upon the brow and bowers high
love ‘twixt lips with shuttered eye
leaf and branch do hide our glee
K. I. S. S. I. N. G.


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Feets of strength #doodle #poem

Feets of strength - a doodle no. 1610 by Doodleslice David Cohen

2012-11-01 #1610

Feets of strength
by David Cohen, 2012-11-01

Feet are neat
keep the beat

toe tap toes
toes not nose

fit are feet, when you stand
but seldom do they lend a hand

Selfish toes, steel your shoe
And the roast, what can you do?

dance and stomp, keep the beat
funky rhythm, funky feet

Tap your toes
and not your nose
and you will find the rhythm

on those you stand
heel, toe, not hand
when you’re walking with ’em


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