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  • By Cori Steinberg

Picasso & Other Poetry


Picasso


Of all a sudden

Changed every thing

Curve of the orbit

Shift of the frame.


Head tilt the world

Appears downside up

Thoughts new occur

Recasting what was


Degrees in 360

From midair seen

Replacing the 2D

Flat words on a screen


Action to spring

Meanings emerge

Joy through clean windows

Music now heard


Banishing traffic

Construction of loud

Color bright blocks

That soften the sound


Entered scene you

Rearranging the parts

Before, there was life

And after, is art.


Dandelions


Stop talking

Enough

Your words are

Too much.

I hate them

As though

They lived lives

Of their own.

Your creations

Destroy

They siphon

Off joy.

Now soldiers

With guns

Once were boys

With peach fuzz,

Dandelion-shy,

Adoring,

Wide-eyed.

Somewhere

They learned ...

And this

How they matured ...

What part was mine?

Was it set

By design?

The lads going

Awry

From those sweet

Little guys

We can never

Be sure

What is said

Sweet and Pure,

After growing up

More

Shall declare

World War.


Cori Steinberg is a lawyer now living in Colorado after having spent most of her life in Southern California. She enjoys writing (rhyming) poetry in her free time, in between studying Spanish on Duolingo and listening to true crime podcasts. Other interests include travel, theater, and gardening.

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jm6783685
jm6783685
Mar 11, 2023

Nice to see Picasso being celebrated. He was a particular favourite of Rilke, who devoted the whole of one of his ten Duino Elegies to a description of one particular Picasso painting.

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ddouthat09
ddouthat09
Mar 06, 2023

The poem "Picasso" sounds jagged and prickly, like his paintings.

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Guest
Mar 06, 2023

Wonderful!

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