Thursday, December 3, 2009

Horseman in the East and West Wind

Well, it seems I have a follower here after all. Here I present a painting of an Oriental horseman with bow and arrows. I may use it as a logo on a new art domain. I decided to maybe only post some of the best or relevant of the poems here when I have the time- that or somewhere a photo of the pages of the little books with all the misspellings and handwriting and all- maybe a slide show- in any case it would be a record of what among other things was almost lost.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Forever, My Sphere

Forever, My Sphere (3-5-64) Introduction

Of that nostalgic sphere
On whose loam many lives have passed
From obscurity to magnification,
Of the worlds in general
The ordered cosmos and its evolution
The gentle and harsh winds of time
Conspiring to bring more favorable spirits
Into creation...
An ode to that mother sphere.
She who hates her womb so much
That it weeps both day and night.

I find my feet upon the sand
Washed by the waves of a cold material world
Though not above the sea, I bless the
Flowing cool waters and firmly sink
In the sand as Mother Earth comes up to greet me
Though I am just as sand, I am just as wave
As the ocean, boundless before me.
I stopped keep0 pace to the rhythm of the sea
And wondered - Had it happened that I am only in rapport
With the waves who put me here?
I am not just as wave!
Knowing this I began my own pulsations.

* * * (Toward Kyma)

Having splashed into the sea by
Breaking the barriers of mind and life
I rippled concentric waves
From that first falling rock of realization
I awoke and knew everything upon her
And thought ... I would not call her dirt,
I would not call her sea - I would call her wave.

Contents: A Collection of My Poetry and Metapoetry*

Forever. My Sphere (Mar.64) Introduction
Recourse in Being (Dec.62)
Scum! (Nov.62)
Her Royal Transit (Nov.61)
Tribute to an Image (Nov.61)
Wages of the Devil (Jun.61)
Peace Beyond Blood (Dec.61)
Sweet Soul of Mine (Nov.62)
Pretenses (Nov.62)
Ego Adieu! (Nov.62)
The Crystal Glass (Jun.61)
Pals in the Horizon (Nov.60)

The Old and New Sphere Books (the Spherework)

To Eternal Mankind, the Messiah of Science and Poet Laurette of the Universe

By Leonard E. Otto

In this blog I will post two books of poems written from my high school period through the service as a snapshot of the Sixties.