Media: Ink on Yupo
ABOUT THE SERIES
My partner, Qayyum Johnson, and I have been honoring the moon cycle since the summer of 2019. Each new moon and full moon Qayyum writes a poem and I create a painting. Sometimes Qayyum writes the poem and I make a painting in response to that. Sometimes the other way around. Sometimes we both create from the inspiration of the moon.
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The poem that Qayyum wrote in response to this painting is below.
The Lion & Consort Moon
Full Moon August 1, 2023
I eat I
want yearn linger
for the ones who cannot hear
I desire to be all attention as the sun moves on
as all the day music slows & shifts into mood
for the ones I have been: stuck, busy, hurt, hiding out
may the crickets of dusk be shepherds
may the small return of awareness to here-now
be just so
a delicate balance that never fails
just so the last returning birds to hidden nests
even so the seat under your rump
finding the true word after hours of trying
settle there in that brief peace
will the night emerge again
initiatory rite of untouchable stars?
o, yes, dearest distant love
if we can bear to be ourselves
I drink I
give wish evoke
what might remind me
how like a body of water
this body of water becomes
seeing you listening
to all this moonlight
with each other tempts the sea
to spill over in milky waves
this measureless grace
of divine mother
calling you home
come come, pretty love
come come come!