Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wood and Water

Images from Presque Isle River, Porcupine Mtns., MI, October 2009



wild white eyes
of water blur and run—
the long stream falls





encircling winds
carve mouths in white driftwood—
cedar speaking ghosts





ticking of stones
along the wooden spine,
a line of ravens





stone waves scatter
round ingots between roots:
slip of dice

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2 Comments:

Blogger Elisabeth said...

Such beautiful drift wood here and I think of you working your way on some of it.
Thanks Art, these photos are beautiful.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks.

I always think of Edward Weston at Point Lobos, and the iconic driftwood photos he did there. The truth is, the Pacific shore is magic for driftwood, but so is Lake Superior.

I did collect a walking staff from this location, this past trip. Just a stout piece. I've been thinking about carving it, but the wood hasn't told me what it wants yet. We'll see.

11:36 AM  

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