Linda Zeigler: Full Circle
This poem was written during one of my recent Writing from the Deep Voice workshops. It was created in response to the Absence of Field exercise, which was invented by Jack Grapes to help the writer create language where there is no field; field as defined in quantum physics. So words are quarks and electrons; phrases, the atoms. The task in this exercise is to break up the field. Imagine two magnets that repel rather than attract. In the following work, the poet has broken up the field with the use of language and also the arrangement of words. We spent the entire semester putting words in pleasing order, in rational and emotional order and now with Absence of Field, we blow it apart.
— Kathrin Seitz
Clouds in tea cups
Melting like midnight
Into a starless sky
Been there—done that
Strange painter of a melting, slinky world
Who can navigate
The eye of that needle?
Be lost and found at the same time
Like a pair of someone else’s mittens
A whittled old man
Drifting into a fog bank
Emerging into the sunlight
At the sound of a bugle
The flap of a flag.
Nowhere and everywhere
Starting from scratch
With a long list of ingredients
Buzzards circle high above
Riding the updrafts
Clouds are mirrored in the still water below
The sky is indeed fallen
And the sly wind whispers
Burned at the stake
La Sage Femme, she was burned alive.
We all watched as the witch struck the match
She lit the pyre, set it ablaze
Pointing her boney finger at the crowd
Screaming insane epithets
Dancing on insecure feet, stomping a steady earth.
Yellow dust rising like Sulphur
Filling our nostrils
the stink of burning flesh
We are all witnessing a butchery
The Scylla or the Whirlpool?
Six dead or the entire ship lost?
Choose carefully Traveler.
The path is never clear
The journey never easy
Redemption is a bitter pill
You are being moved by a chain of stars
More purpose awaits
Flowing with your New Moon energy
Being called into existence by and old friend.
Linda Zeigler moved to Camden with her husband and two children 35 years ago. She began her working life as a registered nurse and enjoyed a long career in women's health. She's been a reader and writer since she was seven years old. Poetry and storytelling are a lifelong passion.
We tell stories.
We tell stories to make sense of our lives.
We tell stories to communicate our experience of being alive.
We tell stories in our own distinct voice. Our own unique rhythm and tonality.
Transformations is a story-telling column. The stories are written by community members who are my students. Our stories are about family, love, loss and good times. We hope to make you laugh and cry. Maybe we will convince you to tell your stories.
— Kathrin Seitz, editor, and Cheryl Durbas, co-editor
"Everyone, when they get quiet, when they become desperately honest with themselves, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there." — Henry Miller
Kathrin Seitz teaches Method Writing in Rockport, New York City and Florida. She can be reached at email@example.com. Cheryl Durbas is a freelance personal assistant in the Midcoast area. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.