Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nobody Notices James Scofield


A crow cawed the compliments to the morning.
The meadow was bright with the coldest dew;
    Summer was fading.
The camping trip was over. We stood silently

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Frida Kahlo — I'm Just as Strange as You

photo © Mark Butkus 2012
Frida Kahlo leaves this strange world on July 13, 1954.

I used to think
I was the strangest person in the world
but then I thought
There are so many people in the world,
there must be someone just like me
who feels bizarre and flawed
in the same ways I do.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Me and Frida

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
Happy birthday Frida Kahlo! Born this day in 1907.

Me and Frida
at the Raj Mahal
She's out on the tiles
and I'm packing a bowl

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stances sur mon jardin de Boucherville

photo © Mark Butkus 2017

Petit jardin que j'ai planté
Que ton enceinte sait me plaire !
Je vois en ta simplicité,
L'image de mon caractère.

Pour rêver qu'on s'y trouve bien !
Ton agrément c'est la verdure ;
A l'art tu ne dois presque rien,
Tu dois beaucoup à la nature.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Unquiet Bed of Dorothy Livesay


The woman I am
is not what you see
I'm not just bones
and crockery

the woman I am
knew love and hate
hating the chains
that parents make