how we share the sky (day six)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school. The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual) and then 2) share something of myself (something textual). Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.

photo by katherine ferrier

photo by katherine ferrier

tiny song at sunset goes:
look how much it takes
to stay in touch
to cross the line
to draw the space
to fill the air
to find the ways to send the words

when you stand near me,
we make parallel lines
up from the ground.
throwing our signals long into the air,
long into the distance.
we tangle for the speed of light, the perfect hit-
we settle for proximity.

in this lifetime, at least, we sing
move closer, dear
move closer to me
let me hear your speeding heart
let’s hum into the morning…

© Katherine Ferrier 2008

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how we share the sky (day five)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school. The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual) and then 2) share something of myself (something textual). Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.

photo by katherine ferrier

photo by katherine ferrier

i’ve been wanting to ask you:
may we also speak of things that fall?
we can’t use the word sky
without thinking the word ground.
everything that is
also holds its opposite.

if i show you my sky,
i must also show you the things that fell from it.
things shot down, ripped from the air,
pulled apart, feather by feather…

maybe there are two kinds of people
tell me, then…which one are you?
when you hear the word sky…
which word follows quicker…
fly…or fall…?

look up now. look down.
spend your life looking
in every direction.

© Katherine Ferrier 2008

how we share the sky (day four)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school. The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual) and then 2) share something of myself (something textual). Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.

photo by katherine ferrier

photo by katherine ferrier

i didn’t mean to make it fancy.
i wasn’t trying for metaphor…
i only wanted to show you

something of the quiet way
the leaves had light around their edges.
something about the trees
around the border of the yard…
how they made a patient frame.

stillness, dear…
i was trying to show you stillness.

thought i was looking
at some quiet backyard breathing.

i didn’t plan on finding
white-fire orbits,
spinning holy in the backyard…

who is ever ready for the shock of angels?

© Katherine Ferrier 2008

how we share the sky (day three)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school. The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual) and then 2) share something of myself (something textual). Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.

photo by katherine ferrier

it was cold today-
the way cold can be
when it first comes back.
and i thought to myself,
(on the boylan heights bridge
the tracks below, heading away from town
through the nearly end of day kind of light,
there already, sooner than i wanted…)

i thought to myself, here we go…
time, again, for sweaters and hats
time, again, for prayer.

© Katherine Ferrier 2008

how we share the sky (day two)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school.  The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual)  and then 2) share something of myself (something textual).  Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.

photo by katherine ferrier

photo by katherine ferrier

window panes
mica roads
rear view mirrors
her morning eyes
and all the other things
light loves to find
somewhere someone
sings for rain

© Katherine Ferrier 2008

how we share the sky (day one)

This week of posts are inspired by a collaborative project initiated by an artist friend of mine who’s currently in grad school. The instructions I received were simply, once a day for the next seven days, to 1) show a part of my sky (something visual) and then 2) share something of myself (something textual). Each in our own locations, we will be doing this daily practice, recording the time and date of each piece and at the end of the seven days, exchanging what we have.
photo by katherine ferrier

photo by katherine ferrier

she came in sideways and left on the diagonal

what a pair of seemly missings:
(the one holding on, the other only reaching)
in shadow, we see what matters,
in silhouette, it all comes clear.

she says: I can only see this far
she answers: I can only hold this much

© Katherine Ferrier 2008