For Art or Money

Here’s my Day 9 poem for the Poem a Day Challenge. Tonight, I went to a seminar and heard a wonderful artist speak. He has been enlarging works for famous sculptors for the last 7 years, but now is moving on to do works of his own. It is hard, but exciting, to take that direction. It is hard to work on this book of mine.

The upper slopes of Mount Everest. The Southea...

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For Art or Money

Words for the service
of another’s need
line up challenges
like passages on
a high country trail,
a slippery creek bed
here, a narrow track
across scree where
every step sends
gravel skittering
down half a thousand
feet, and at the end,
a still green
meadow with triumph
exhaustion, and
and long view of
new territory conquered,
and yet, on the far horizon,
a snowy peak stands,
stubborn, that work
like merciless Everest,
pointedly perhaps pointless
but irresistible, nonetheless.

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