Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Poetry equals shoes

I received a "Commended Award" in the 2006 Margaret Reid Contest for Traditional Verse. This means that I won $50, which = shopping, which = new shoes!

And here's the winning poem:


"Tonight I walked into the sunset"

—sonnet for Georgia O’Keeffe

Here the fragile white of age-bleached skull
curves through a hinge of jaw like youthful skin,
and there, two restless eyes seem fraught with all
she could not say. She didn’t paint within
the lines, couldn’t choose the safe belief
that everything is simple. Stark as grief
her violet buildings rise beneath a moon
so white that bone shows through. There the noon
sun lights the mountains. Here you see how hands
crack wide her heart: she painted sound, used blood
to mark the earth. Because she knew that strands
of life are drawn of clay and bone, not mud,
she wrote: “so give my greetings to the sky. . .”
And in her art the skulls nod in reply.

© 2006 Christine Klocek-Lim

14 comments:

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Congratulations!!!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Thanks Andrew. :-)

ufukhati said...

christine,

Congratulations!

I heard the whispering images. At this moment I was so lonesome.

Julie Carter said...

Go you!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Darma, thank you.

Julie, thanks!

Paula said...

Congratulations for the prize; it deserved it ( you deserved it). Very evocative of Georgia.

Natalia L. Rudychev said...

Congratulations! Well deserved prize!

Janet said...
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Janet said...

Congratulations from my neck of the woods too!...Well earned...Am glad to see you doing so well with your poetry.

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Paula, Natalia, and Janet, thank you so much for your kind words. :-)

Pat Paulk said...

Christine this is excellent!!! "Stark as grief
her violet buildings rise beneath a moon so white that bone shows through." Great line of poetry!! Congratulationson the award!!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Pat, thank you! I'm glad you liked the poem.

polona said...

Congratulations, Chrisine!
A well deserved award!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Thank you Polona!