The power of the poetic

Bodyscapes session August 7th, 2013

Bodyscapes session August 7th, 2013

Interpersonal relationship issues are delicate.  do i smell smoke? Our innermost fears of abandonment are out front and present. Clients  hand me a list of their chosen words--vacillate, obsession, fear of disappointment and dependency–to start the Prose Poetry Generator section of the Bodyscapes Process.  We journey into language, arriving at the definition of the first word. This becomes the stepping stone for the direction of our adventure.  Relationships can contain challenges and triumphs, chalennges such as persistence, repetition, defeated hope, reliance on another, interruption and disorder. We can waiver frustrated and feeling reduced. Our beloved can seem illogical or controlling. Suspicion, doubt and paranoia can become words appearing in the script of our relationship. In our frustration, we can look to seek the something needed or desired. 

We can also make a list of triumphs. We can explore grace, compassion, empathy, evolutional growth and understanding. We can come to know “what’s what” by squeezing out of our obsessive minds and disappointed hearts, the stuff our dreams are made of.  Then, going out and making them come true.

Congratulations on your engagement, Milos!  

Do I smell Smoke? by Milos Francis, 2013

Do I smell smoke?
The flattering of one’s soul
to love darkness better than light.
Pushed to the wall,
the unbeliever
giving new life to dead weight.
Old man of the ill-winded sea,
spoil sport to the wheel of fortune,
Degrading only slowly.
Something else; something needed.
Sovereign power for the unknowncrystalized.
waver in the disorder,
stomach twists

Do I smell smoke?
Do I suspect a rat or lion in the path?
I will meet you half way
with an air-drawn dagger,
booted and spurred.
My powder dry, a reckoning roll call-
he pioneer now given the reigns
to prepare for the evil day
o float in the mind
that castle building happy valley…


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