Ekphrastic Tuesday – I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can – Schapiro

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It is my great pleasure to present the first of two posts featuring the spring collaboration between Ms. Kerfe Roig and myself. We’ve collaborated before on art and poetry (for examples, I recommend this one and this one), and for those we used the poems as the starting point. For this one Ms. Roig suggested we start with the art and each create a piece inspired by it. We began with Miriam Schapiro’s amazing and dynamic painting “I’m Dancing as Fast As I Can” – please click here! to see the painting.

Above is Ms. Roig’s gorgeous collage and below is my poem – both inspired by Ms. Schapiro’s contemporary cubist classic. Enjoy!

Yellow Dancer on the Train

A train went by

as we waited in the near dawn

and a yellow triumph flew by

as an ad for an art show

glued to the side

 

I recall a painting

I saw many years ago

of yellow and red people

they were leading – dancing

to the circus with sunflower smiles.

 

I was little and it was natural:

I thought, of course,

that’s how everyone

goes to the circus and through life.

I too skipped everywhere and never walked.

 

Ah, but it was so long ago.

My train pulls up

I glance along the platform

to see if it has an ad

for an art show on the side.

– Marcy Erb

18 comments

  1. Fantastic job, both of you! The penultimate stanza is just perfect. It filled me with melancholy, and yet I often catch myself skipping, mentally, as I pretend to keep the sedate pace the rest of the world expects. May there always be an art show to advertise!

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    1. Thank you, Sunshine! I remember when I was about 8 or so being asked if I preferred riding a bike, a skateboard, or a scooter (this was ages before those little Razor Scooters, scooters in the 80’s were pretty clunky!) – and I replied confidently that I much preferred skipping to all of those forms of transportation. Although I don’t do it very often now, truth is, I still do!

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  2. Reblogged this on method two madness and commented:
    For our spring collaboration, Marcy Erb and I did our collage and poetry commentaries on the paintings we chose independently, and I was looking forward to seeing how they played off each other. This is perfect! Her visual angle is different from mine, and yet the same spirit links them. Thanks, Marcy!

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