Zakariya al-Qazwini [ أبو یحیی زکریاء بن محمد ]; manuscript illuminator(s) unknown (World map), Western India, c.1537.
morning 3 …..
Henri Matisse , Le noir est une couleur
The tea trader was gruff
As the plane careened downward
Away from the black half-sphere
Back into blue.
"Over one hundred thousand U.S. dollars! For six minutes?"
The stewardess was taken aback.
“Would you like a better view?”
The tea trader sighed, and waved her off.
His face in the window,
He watched as flames slipped across the craft’s frame.
"I thought I would feel something."
Tantric Painting. Rajasthan, India. 1600s.
The Moon and the Earth, by Paul Gauguin, 1893
Shivers in triplicate:
I saw an elephant man slip through a sewer grating one muggy evening.
I smoked three cigarettes to sober up
And started to draw his form
With chalk from my week-unwashed jeans
My lashes dusted with particulate from the sidewalk figure I had conjured
From a second’s glance
My eyes and fingers tracing
Bumps in unnatural places
Too many tusks
And too many faces