Broadness Stretch Out Our Skies and our Dawns

 

“Make broadness broadness”

By Sharmistha Mohanty, fiction writer, poet, founder of the online journal: Almost Island; based Mumbai, India

 

 

 

Make broadness broadness

from narrowness

Lead lead us

We see nothing

behind nothing ahead

 

 

 

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The three in these three separate works, Prometheus, Noah, Mary Magdalene, 2011, squeezed into these slits, like the openings in castle walls, are not awake.

Stained glass which has been cut, sandblasted, engraved, painted and fired. 

Judith Schaechter, born 1961, American.  On display in 2015 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

 

 

 

These worlds are broad above

beyond our knowing

The great river plains open and descend

slowly from west to east

beyond our knowing

 

 

 

Among the Sierra Nevada, California, oil on canvas, 1868. 

Albert Bierstadt, 1830-1902. American born Prussia.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC from whose website this photo

 

 

 

Us

Doctor, suture me from

narrowness to broadness

 

 

 

 

Detail of Among the Sierra Nevada, California, oil on canvas, 1868.

 

 

All the suns all the dawns all the waters

rise and pass

in broadness

 

 

 

 

Detail of Among the Sierra Nevada, California, oil on canvas, 1868.

 

 

 

Our bodies move over over this land

rising and falling

 

 

 

 

Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, oil on canvas, 1865. 

Frederic Edwin Church, 1826-1900, American.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

Broadness

stretch out our skies and dawns

so we can walk walk

out of our selves

 

 

 

 

Detail of Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, oil on canvas, 1865. 

 

 

 

Doctor, move me from dark

spaces of invented light

 

 

 

 

Detail of Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, oil on canvas, 1865. 

 

 

I do not know just

what it is

that I am like *

 

 

 

 

Detail of Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, oil on canvas, 1865. 

 

 

Broadness open for

us us

Unharness our days

 

 

 

 

Detail of Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, oil on canvas, 1865. 

 

 

 

 

***** I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

is taken from the Rig-Veda, 1200-800 BCE

 

 

 

 

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