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Image-ine: Warrior Canoe by Holly Friesen

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Warrior Canoe Holly Friesen

A Ladder Our Boat

When we make a tree a ladder, we climb
out of the flaming fire, through our fear.
We are each from earth’s guts spilled,
Persephone rising, wild mint lacing
loose braids, sheaves of grain in hand,
spring’s re-welcoming cheered.

When we make the ladder our boat, we sail on
a kiss of wind above the Hades of our making,
spirits water-rocked in Zeus’s arms, seeds
of the pomegranate bursting, our offspring
full-disgorged.

We strike our fevered blessings on the wood,
water-tight, wave at the moon we circle twice:
the light, our safe harbor, shore.

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Painting: “Warrior Canoe”, 30″ x 60″, by Holly Friesen. Used with permission. See more of Holly Friesen’s work in her online gallery. Poem by Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems.

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  1. L.L. Barkat says:

    I love this…

    “When we make a tree a ladder, we climb
    out of the flaming fire”

    It’s counterintuitive.

    The artwork is stunning. (Love the poem and the art together )

    • I was so pleased Holly allowed us to use the image of her gorgeous painting, which has been sold. From the time I saw images of it in progress, I knew I’d have to write about it.

  2. Donna says:

    Maureen this is wonderful! I love it, and I wrote one too… I couldn’t get “Persephone Rising” out of my head…. I went to the web and refreshed my memory of her story. Rising Rising…. until the Fall.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Persephone Rises
    http://thebrightersideblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/persephone-rises.html

  3. Thank you, Maureen, for leading me to tweekspeak, and to Holly…a gorgeous painting! My poem: To Cast

    http://monicadevine.blogspot.com/2013/03/to-cast_18.html

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  1. Creative Remix – Word in Sound and Image | Creative Thresholds - July 24, 2014

    […] Among the selections is my poem “A Ladder, Our Boat”. The poem first appeared in the Image-ine series at TweetSpeak Poetry; Image-ine, to which I’ve contributed numerous ekphrastic poems (including a series inspired […]

  2. The Best in Poetry: Top Ten Poetic Picks | - July 31, 2014

    […] And finally, our friends at the Poetry Storehouse recently featured a new video remix by Marc Neys (aka Swoon) of “A Ladder Our Boat,” a poem Maureen Doallas wrote for an Image-ine pairing with Holly Friesen’s painting “Warrior Canoe.” […]

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