ode to ox metals

January 8, 2016 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

take seed of a family legacy or heirloom, however you define family. if you chose two seeds, see how they ping off each other.

 

ox zodiac image - pacific ties 2001 image credit: lung san louie

ox, zodiac cards – pacific ties 2001
image credit: lung san louie

ode to ox metals

iron

let gold & silver caress queen’s neck
you are peasant ripple cord shoulders
alchemists mix breed hittite fire
china limestone for spawn carbon
you pig iron headed white tiger
sword you shred war rules fertilize
battlefields with still beating
viscera conquered tribes
ox blood seed, you pull grain
up arteries night soil down veins
soldier metal farmer’s spine
baba cleaver i bow before
judgment your plow blade

lithium

metal shame you swallow lassos
cowgirl highs murder river lows
imprisons you tin crunch goat
boredom. no metal, no gate. no
freedom, no steeple chase highway
dividers. oncoming traffic only way
slow you so goats can lick
your face. salt your belly.
dust that detonates h-bombs
barely powders your cheekbones.
no fair, mama. leaving me
your ox mud river but
not your mustang fire.

plow orchid plow

ode to germination

January 2, 2016 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

choose a number that you have an affinity with and create a form around it.

 

3-legged crow photo: mcylouie

3-legged crow
photo: mcylouie

 

ode to germination

three-legged koryo
crow seeds need

water
fill crypt corner
unfasten leather coat
nestle honey throat

light
baptize sun-moon rhythm
feel heaven’s touch
hurl javelin season

soil
pickpocket air raid
free hostage granary
pierce armor fly

elixir orchid elixir

 

note: the three-legged crow represented the sun in ancient korea and china.

ode to dust

December 19, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

write a kid time poem.

dandylion dance photo credit: mcylouie

dandylion dance
photo credit: mcylouie

 

ode to dust

          for minnie, born in reedley, “world’s fruit basket”

throw your arms wide, mama, spin
under almond tree who envies your eyes
eleventh & last child of migrant parents
because they work new soil each season you
will live in future of where they were last seen

wake up! rooster shouts at dawn you rise
beneath blanket great plains topsoil flew in
fresh last night heralding battalions hungry
jalopies your okie arkie texie mexie friends
teach you to relish chicken fried steak

bacon fat gravy albondigas how to outrun
dirtdevils outlast whippings twirl like dandelion
umbrellas parachute from moving cars mama
you are girl tornado gathering on my horizon
hug your chest to accelerate speed of joy

time orchid space 

note: a version of this poem first appeared in Valerie Haynes Perry’s
Write, Read, Listen: Your Handy Writing Coach. 
check out valerie’s projects at: http://wpwrr.com/wordpress

ode to neolithic ancestren

December 12, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

write a poem about a gift you’ve received from your peeps.

 

long & short of it on moshi/ ramie     photo: mcylouie

 

ode to neolithic ancestren

comb pattern pot
ochre firebelly grain shelter
pointed bottom generous mouth
slate lines trace you driving siberian
herds down old koryo’s rivers

bast fiber hemp
grannies strip worker plants
soak you in beanwater sun dry split fibers
spin weave starch you in ricewater sun sheen
canvas for daughter bone needles

silk
girls seduce moths with mulberry fan dance
bathe eggs spring water herb tea hatch
battalions to eat spin eat spin until you unspool
butterfly trade route luxury’s first must have

rice
rumble gut with millet wild before boar
& ram settle into domestic pig lamb bliss
before pearl & yangtze flood before divine farmer
potters paddies to harbor your wildness

offerings orchid offerings

ode to shennong

December 4, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

write a pathbreaker poem—from their point of view or yours.

 

Shennong, taste testing herbs Source: Li Ung Bing, Outline of Chinese History, Shanghai 1914

Shennong, testing herbs
Graphic Source:  Li Ung Bing, Outline of Chinese History, Shanghai 1914       PublicDomainSymbol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ode to shennong

divine farmer taught baba’s people no more gnosh
worms wasps when can forge plow grow five sacred grains

soak seeds in horse urine repel famine’s suitors
shennong plied secrets from medicine plants thrashed grains

wrote recipes for mud herb tonics nüwa’s
daughters could cauldron he drank toadstool tincture grains

showed our people what to swallow what to spurn
celestial farmer of translucent flesh grains

traced each plant’s alchemy rivering his organs
wrote kingdom’s first medicine book before last grains

foxglove poison strangled his waters he mortal
as most beloved gods protector of farmers

once dirt eating wasp spitting toddler fat fingers
trace wolfberry seeds winking in his belly grains

wonder orchid wonder

 

note: this praise poem to shennong, the god of agriculture and medicine, is written in a loose ghazal form. play rules = repeat a phrase at the end of the second line of each couplet + use the same number of syllables in each line. 

the ghazal form comes courtesy of poets of the middle east and north africa, as well as south asia, often expressing the pains of separation and love.

ode to small

November 29, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

pistil:

write a poem to an attribute or quality that catches your attention.

 

lazlo's pine nuts photo credit: nguyen louie

photo credit: nguyen louie

ode to small

pinenut
split granite
millennia forever’s
green whiskers

inchworm
scale kingkong
skyscraper scrunch
stretch steps

peel
grief shave
speed of
rot’s resurrection

start orchid start

ode to general of west

November 17, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil prompt:

pick a mythic character to inspire a poem.

Guardian General of West, Pulguk Temple Korea

guardian general west, pulguk temple, korea
photo credit: mcylouie

ode to general of west

magnolia tiger
divine general autumn
west metal souls
protector of children
killer who taught hunters
how to stalk phalaenopsis
how to hypnotize iron
how to shapeshift moth orchid
how to impregnate earth
infinite wisdom you are
sword’s ruthless
decision anger’s
roar now baby beast
welcome seed
prophesies come
to play between
your mugwort paws

fortune orchid fortune

 

orchid odes poetry prompts – section i: seeds – ode to seed

November 9, 2015 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

section i: seeds

pistil prompt:

choose an item unearthed by your last poem to dig into a new piece. if you like, reverb it with Malay-based pantoun form. here is the first of a handful of orchid riffs on seeds.

 

photo credit: mcylouie

ode to seed

protect your race & mine
bean dream of jade tomorrows
vault creation tale unfurl stem curl
open already veined hands

bean dream of jade tomorrows
parents sheathed you in sliver for fool foragers
open already veined hands
mama embeds fireproof instructions dirt strong

parents sheathed you in sliver for fool foragers
stashed bottom refugee bag ancient desire for land
mama embeds fireproof instructions dirt strong
you stowaway burr slash-n-burn farmer’s pant hem

stashed bottom refugee bag ancient desire for land
baby dimple color of oxblood outfox henchmen
you stowaway burr slash-n-burn farmer’s pant hem
grandpa’s spring gamble gourd futures

baby dimple color oxblood outfox henchmen
vault creation tale unfurl stem curl
grandpa’s spring gamble gourd futures
protect your race & mine

transmit orchid transmit

orchid odes poetry prompts: prologue girl jungle

April 15, 2015 No Comments TigerOrchid orchid ode

orchid odes poetry prompts

dearest poet–

poems need places
to grow   yellow earth
red clay   your heart

may orchid’s pistil poetry prompts tickle open
space for your poems. write. now.

pistil:

our names sprout from story. use one of yours to prompt a poem from the story it tells you. orchid is one of mine.

Photo Credit: Belvin Louie

photo credit: belvin louie

prologue:  girl jungle

if hunter is orchid
peek thru bamboo knives savor
saffron sigh magenta rub bean belly
feed family thru hunger seasons

if sunlight is first drink
lash wrists scale laurel tree
strike ghost beat
six-petaled marimba

if prize is rust spotted spider
steady lungs with rhizome ease
surrender foxtail ink tigers
meditate cymbidium slippers

if orchid is hunted
mulch me straw trek down
dragon to market seed violet
ancestor song of all perfumes

scent orchid scent

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