It goes on forever,
beyond error and indignity,
accusation and bruise.
No matter how many sorrows
are torn from memory,
how many griefs
neatly folded and shelved,
night shines its thousand lights down:
the archer with his lonely bow,
the bull’s bright eye. The dipper
on the back of the bear.
Once I was a girl who rode
the long tails of wishes
as I laid on the dock looking up.
Ice and iron
is what they were made of.
Beauty and dust.
Gravity like a kind of forgiveness,
letting the flaming pieces fall.
About the writer:
Emily Ransdell’s work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Ransdell has been a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize and the New Letters Prize in Poetry. A four-time Pushcart nominee, she divides her time between Camas, Washington and the North Oregon Coast.
About the artist:
Azam Atakhanov was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 1964. In 1989, he graduated from the Moscow Stroganov College of Arts and Industry. Atakhanov is member of the Moscow Artists Union and an associate professor of academic painting at Moscow State Stroganov University of Arts and Industry. His works are in museum collections in Russia and Tajikistan. His works are frequently exhibited internationally at such fine galleries as Artstory in Moscow. Atakhanov is the June 2019 Featured Artist at O:JA&L.
Image: “Adam waking up in Sri Lanka after being banished from Paradise” by Azam Atakhanov. Oil on canvas. 100 x 120 cm. 2012. By permission.