Sunday, January 30, 2011

Borrowed (Coveted) Poem

This is Lori. She is a poem.
In my email box this Sunday morning was a note from my dear friend Lori with a poem attached.

Lori and I have known each other since our teens, and we wrote together way back when. Her note this morning simply said she was in a winter-freeze funk and was sharing some writing in the hopes I would somehow offer some warmth and inspiration. What I got instead, was inspiration of my own.

As I read her words I was blown away, as I so often am, by the way she is able to balance the fluid with the succinct, the flowery with the direct, the ethereal with the solid -- and create a magnificent sense of angst and flight, hope and longing, that always seems to shine through her poetry.

I asked her if I might share the poem on my blog and she agreed. The artwork below that goes with it is also hers. Yeah, don't get me started. . .

Btw, you may also find her blog here, at ConsciousCreativity.

Lori made this; I want it. What else is new?*

Dream 4/dream for

Prelude to a dream:

Lens retracted, aerial view of snow gridded squares, boundaries etched in ink, black & white topography seen from glass iris of the camera. Land cut like fruit reveals a starry eye:

Dream 4:
is crowded. Friends from long ago roam the rooms of my past, bearing gifts and conversation. Someone gives me a straw hat stiched with knowledge, it hovers at the lip of the driveway. There is some kind of gathering. People spill inside: an old therapist, a friend from Herondale, a woman who Dream tells me is my spirit sister. Clinking of glasses, movement, open doorways. Details from my childhood float overhead like filmy ghosts: blue shag rug, crystal candlesticks. The air is palpable. Somewhere upstairs, we have packed up my son’s room. Nothing is left but the books in the shelves, and I turn to ask him what he wants to do with them and am sucked into a mysterious errand. Steep hill to climb to get there, but Starbucks is a beacon up top, inviting, its glass walls fogged golden with light and warmth, and I seem to know the way. It is snowing. Slushy streets below. No car can take this climb, so I run up the tilted face of the mountain. Arrive in time to kiss my father and three friends, who are arranged around him in triangular formation. Triangle: sacred symbol of the all-seeing eye, of alchemy, angels and anarchy. There’s a buzz here too, another gathering, but Dream tells me I need to get back to my kids who wait for me to take them to school. As if I’d been there before, I sense the hill isn’t the way back down. Zig-zag through side streets that unfold like a pop-up book into a toy-like town. Stores fling open glass doors displaying candly-like distractions: aromatic packages of coffee, bright sheer scarves that float on shelves like gossamer. Mid-dream, the phone rings in the dark room, urgently, dream flickers, recedes.
Dream Redux: light scatters and blurs. I am lying on a wood floor, dreaming a question about my son. Bear appears immediately upon inquiry, nodding his shaggy head yes, yes he’s sure, yes I am welcome. Somewhere in Dream I know it’s winter and Bear should be hibernating, but I have summoned him and he has come. Spirit guide of my son, he is Andarta and Artio, fierce defender of art, blender of intuition with instinct. Symbol of truth. autonomy. We have raised my son fiercely. Encouraged him to find his own way, then flinched when he faltered. “You cannot know what is true unless you know what isn’t true.” Bear tells me this with a human voice just before I wake to see the snow flowering everything to white

-lori landau

*if you click on the photo you can see her work in all its gorgeous detail.


  1. I've read Lori's work here through her beautiful, succinct and artful comments. This is a glorious poem. She is a fantastic artist in every sense of the word. Thanks for sharing her!

  2. Really like the poem BEAUCOUP.

  3. I've read Lori's work before and it's always beautiful and evocative. This poem was especially vivid and concrete for me, like I could feel the cold of the snow, and smell the coffee.

    Lovely work as usual, Lori. Thank you, the two of you, for sharing.

  4. This is absolutely amazing and beautiful. To have this gift of helping us feel and smell and taste her words...I'm just so happy you shared this. Thank you both.

  5. Serious & significant thanks to Gae for being the incredibly generous soul that she is. there's something about her big-hearted desire to share the art that draws others to her. my wish is that all she does to make others feel good about their art come back to her a thousand-fold. big love, Gae.....and thanks to everyone for your thoughtful comments. since (most of you I know of) are writers, you know how much it means to be acknowledged........

  6. Lori has a wonderful talent for writing. I hope to see more of her work. Thanks Gae for sharing such beautiful work.

  7. oh, wow! so beautiful. thank you for sharing with us!

  8. thanks for the comments everyone! they mean a lot to me......

  9. Yay! I finally got to read the sacred poem! And... It did not disappoint. I wish I had words to describe the way I felt while reading this, but it would seem as though you said it all in such a deliciously profound way. Lori, thank you. You have a divine gift.

  10. lori,youwringmyheartout!!!thank you each time for that...i remember the pouring and writing about all of my 2 boys like you do today...and so fiercely FIERCELY. i long for those wrenchings. you are so prpfound. i love you. shb

  11. Amazing! A hallucination in words. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.

  12. Tami, "SHB" and Christopher. I came very late to your comments and am deeply grateful. thank you!

  13. me too! Really late to the comments. More than a year later, still agree with them all. <3

  14. I love that I loved her already back then! What good taste I have, what with you and Lori. One of Lori's poems is on my desktop all the time. Humbly bows to both of you. xoxo B