Guest Poets & Artist
Taoli-Ambika Talwar & Peter Shefler - Where two artists compliment each other's work.
Besought - In Thought We Ask
Beseeched - Peter Shefler
Thrown like dice in sevens,
I had not thought of this before
I met you, but now
between ice and thaw
I saw how you are just like me in so many ways -
how you like the unsurfaced boundary
or meeting-places between sea and strand; many
waves washing the twilit purples and blues
we might see if with opened eyes we dared
gaze in awe upon those inward-heading heavens.
For however occluded or unknown or unmet we are,
such universes abound just a short distance
from our near-sighted gaze - look, they are
just right over there! - he says, pointing westward.
Spirit knows no boundaries and ignores our fears
of closeness - so why not
come up now once more for air; why
not let the porpoised breath exhaled
prepare us for the deepest spirit dive
into this unknown, unguessed,
unfathomed and untraveled
still unblessed world?
So now, please, will we wait
for the sure ocean wave familiar,
and surf safely there to that fine sandy beach?
Or will we instead, take into us
the divine breath and the word
of our gods guiding us -
hand in hand, and death into raveled death repeated,
reach beyond the ken of the familiar
comforting strands where all our lives have led,
and dare tread into the wholly unknown seas, still
to be declared and beseeched?
Beseech Thee - Taoli-Ambika Talwar
Beseech thee, I do for Spirit knows
beyond the lees what lies
and what dies
and what enlivens the core dancing waves
see how they chortle falling into grace
where sands filter the violet rays
into spaces so deep we cannot see…
Boundaries are days meeting night
meeting intimately so closely
eyes cannot see or know
But the crinkling line that edges into sands
suggests an untraveled world
lies within these palms
how water flows between our entwined fingers
into a basin mingling twilit hues
into sands where we once dug our toes
particles into fine ash
into forgetting what the world was
as we sank lower and lower
into the gaze
the impenetrable gaze
of sea of sea of deep blue…so mauve
of tumult that a single heart understands
for having eaten itself before time…
unmet universes are rare
rarer still the unmet-ness
coming alive breathing not breathing
alive in breathlessness
in this shadow of seas
a blessing of infinite tears…
Until we sank deeper where all sound was hum
a moan a silence so loud
TAOLI-AMBIKA TALWAR is an educator, published author and artist, who has written poetry since her teen years. She has authored Creative Resonance: Poetry—Elegant Play, Elegant Change, 4 Stars & 25 Roses (poems for her father) as well as some chapbooks. Her style is largely ecstatic making her poetry a “bridge to other worlds.” She is published in Kyoto Journal, Inkwater Ink, vol. 3, Chopin with Cherries, among others. She is also published in VIA, in Poets on Site chapbooks, and several other journals; has been interviewed by KPFK; and has won an award for a short film at a festival in Belgium.
As an effective and successful wellness consultant, she practices IE:Intuition-Energetics™, a fusion of the Yuen Method, goddess studies, sacred geometry and creative/energetic principles for wellness. “Both poetry and holistic practices work beautifully together, for language is intricately coded in us. In resonance with our authentic self, we experience wholeness & wellness,” she notes. “I love to work with people to help them discover their unique purpose.” She has taught English at Cypress College, Cypress, California, for several years. Thus far, she has taught about 6,500 students.
Sites: http://goldenmatrixvisions.com & http://intuition2wellness.com
Twitter: LuminousFields & Facebook fan page: Luminous Fields
Peter Shefler was born in 1950 and raised in a remote rural area of Western Pennsylvania filled with the wonders of nature, and nurtured by a family of visual artists, Peter Shefler has been writing poetry since the age of twelve. He began a study of ancient mythologies and the creative process shortly thereafter and finished his formal education in English literature and poetry at Reed College in Portland Oregon. Over the ensuing decades he mastered the practice of a number of the realms of the visual arts, finally specializing in photography, but always came back to poetry for his deepest expressions of a sometimes devastating and sometimes ecstatic but always richly emotional continuum of personal experiences and observations.
Always seeking to maintain a deep connection to the mystery of the natural world and the spiritual aspects involved in the creation of art, Peter often combines his poetry with photographic images — the poem sometimes inspiring the creation of the photograph, and the photograph often inspiring the mood of the poem. He is currently working on A Book of Colors, listing several thousand historical color names interspersed with photographs of the natural world highlighting those colors and a compilation of poetry and other literature that contains the names of those colors.
Poetry & Other Notes: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000571690647&sk=notes