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Ten Years One Eternity

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Ten years.

Ten eggs.

Ten Wednesdays.

Ten times forgiven.

Ten suns.

Ten chicks.

Ten heartbreaks.

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Ten turns nowhere.

Ten pleads.

Ten entries.

Ten cherished.

Ten wounded-soldiers.

Ten dice.

Ten deaths.

Ten menstruations.

Ten witnessed betrayals.

Ten skies.

Ten tombs.

Ten mockingbirds.

Ten calls to patience.

Ten sins.

Ten temples.

Ten acquiesces.

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Ten motherhoods lost.

Ten battles.

Ten infants.

Ten prisoners.

Ten ways believed…

—One eternity.

One man.

One pulse.

One God.

—I am without you!

Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

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The Stairs of Imprisoned Bones

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I am the stairs.

Up, down, —years.

 

Along the banister-prison –

creaking-floorboards, bones.

 

Bury them in the silence they deserve.

 

An empty-window-world above, forever,

taunting a way out!

 

Recollects we were alive:

Struggling momentous-steps

…..to nowhere.

 

An arbitrary shadow

against impenetrable wall

serves our memory.

 

Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

Mother to Daughter

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For my daughter – Laura Marilyn,

 

What I want for you—

 

Every. Perfect. Thing.

 

The love of your life that answers to any emptiness,

and vanishes it, dust in the wind.

 

A house that holds your heart to always come safely home to.

 

Children in your lap, looking-up into your eyes

with wonder, trust, and pure love.

 

Arms that wrap around you—wanting nothing

but you.

 

Someone that inspires your dreams, and my hope that you will never give-up on them.

 

Experiences that touch your soul with wonder, and prove there’s something more than what can be seen, touched, or felt…  At the same time, a whish that what you have is always enough!

 

To see the world around you without fear—

 

Dancing. Laughter. Playfulness. Freedom. Kindness.

 

Music, poetry, art, that sings to your soul.

 

Special people around you to nurture, and that they will always appreciate you.

 

Respect abounding.

 

A table your family gathers around, together, with you, sharing stories and food that satisfy hunger, and feed the heart.

 

Christmas joy. Easter Tulips. Summer sunshine.

 

Fall’s crisp and hopeful air with its excitement of new beginnings in vibrant color!

 

Memories that shine—

 

Your parent’s teachings, their immeasurable love for you…a part of everything you become.

 

Wisdom. Prosperity. Excellent Health.

 

Practicality: Enough to keep a solid foundation, but never so much that you forget to take a leap of faith.

 

Worry-free-comfort.

 

Personal expression that enriches people around you, and that fulfills you.

 

Charity. Gratitude.

 

Time enough—

 

Never having to say goodbye to anyone you love.

 

Protection from harm.

 

Some rainy days to allow for you to rest-in and simply be—

 

Feeling pretty! A wardrobe you enjoy.

 

Gifts of love, best friends, a good-good man—

 

The Beach. Sunsets. Sunrises.

 

A comfortable bed. Shoes too!

 

Special family recipes – good bread – good life!

 

Your inner child’s fun spirit, thriving.

 

A journey through this life that you will look back on gratefully without regret.

 

Old age with the one you love.

Grandchildren that make you smile.

A loyal dog, or two…

 

A peaceful place to reflect-upon your day.

 

Prayer. Good Choices. Happy-ever-after answers.

 

A promise—from me, that I will always be with you –

Proud of, confident in, and with an abundance of love for you.

Forever in your heart—for it has lived within my own—

 

And in every lifetime, I shall find you, my child.

 

Your mother, gratefully.

 

Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

 

I am the pen at his right side.

 

Dark ink—waiting.

 

A strong hand, course, from winter’s dry,

cold air. Immobile. My heart in mourning—

 

Education in his knuckles, protruding,

a few stubbly hairs.

 

They recall a touch on the cheek,

catching a pink bottom-lip, open,

to hope for more than a melancholy spring.

 

Unequipped to read his mind.

The pure paper, wanting…

 

Give us a story. Etch I love you.

 

A house on the hill with daisies,

 

Lavender dreams,

 

A picket fence in need of painting,

 

Iron skillet with a sunny-side-up broadcast.

 

Imagine our heels soft on the upswing,

a perfect seat for two, catching a breeze from the east.

 

Push the lose flying hair behind my ear, quickly,

before it gets away, wise like a bird.

 

A porch of yellow pine housing ants

with stories of their own.

 

His hand reaches for the pen.

 

I brace for impact from what I am yet to know.

 

Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

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I recently updated my post, Letting Go of Daffodils, and would love to get some feedback. Thank you.

Letting Go of Daffodils

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Succulent berries captivate a young man.

A handful of Daffodils—

 

Breaths gather together,

then are lost in waves,

his soft brown hair.

 

Through the smudged window – a dove

intently it peers inside.

 

Precariously on the edge— 

She is.

(A frail branch trading fall’s exuberant color for winter)

 

 

Two smart black eyes make contact

with hazel, recalling,

still tender in the moment.

 

Telepathically an understanding:

They are about to go south… 

 

A grey painted wing matches the sky’s light.

Evaporated sound.

 

A tear sluggishly down her right cheek loses meaning.

 

Oblivious—a determined soldier

searches for his manhood.

 

Inside the walls of a peach colored room,

he climbs the mountaintop for knowledge.

 

Never to release her secret:

A silk dress inspiring on hip,

bouquet of Daffodils,

sunshine in her smile,

the gospel of yesterday’s youth –

power like money, and beauty is the firefly,

emerged!

 

Disappeared

in tragic lines—every one a story.

 

The crow appears,

lands higher upon the branch with a loud caw.

 

The dove gives-up its innocence for flight.

She closes her eyes in acceptance.

 

Time is ageless, as death is inevitable.

Goodbye.

 

-Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

Tempo into Release

This period in time is the build-up—soft tempo eloquently escalating, patiently, sometimes painfully, to reach a point—release into magnificence.   -Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

Below is a poem, author unknown, that my late sister, Marilyn, wrote down and gave to me. For all I know, she could have written it. I kept it tucked-in at the left corner of my mirror for years. She was my best friend. The water marks are my tears, from when I held the paper in my hands to read again for the first time after she died. She was a month shy of her 33rd birthday. It broke my heart knowing she’d never realize anymore dreams.

This time in my life is a different challenge, and there are days I really want to give-up, but a stubborn flicker of belief always remains in my heart, and I want to wake-up dancing. I know my sister would want that. 

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Ps: I intended to put a formal classic ballerina dance video below, but when I stumbled upon this one with its upbeat melody, and the lyrics – home is wherever I am with you (there’s a personal meaning in that for me) and then the girl dances holding a large daisy (daisies were Marilyn’s favorite) I knew it was her telling me this was the one. This was her kind of spirit. I know if I could hear her she’d insist that I also be my playful self, get it done, and be happy.

Wolf and Lamb

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If my nature draws me to the wolf, but the lamb provides all that I need, do I continue to seek in starvation, from the wolf what he truly will never concede? The piece of discovery I am hard-pressed to possess, to conquer—satisfaction. Consequently absorb clarification…worthiness. Within its complications learn there are no answers: The bait its only depth! —Painful joy within its entanglement. Or, do I allow for submission into what really is love: Contained in tender action—with its own self-righteousness. Let the pleasant monotonies lull me into inertia: Content in its peace to dream of, the bite, hell bent on having me.

-Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved

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I feel compelled to share this blog. It touches upon numerous important points, but more, as an artist it sinks in on every level.
“They say art never comes out of happiness, but it requires love.”
Meaningful truth–

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art_life_love“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh

I see a lot of artists who just want to become artists. They believe novels simply get written, or that somehow they’ll magically get better at this. Many are reluctant to explore new possibilities or try new techniques… but that doesn’t make much sense.

I believe art to be the only reasonable way for us to venture beyond the limitations of our own world, and by doing so we reach the very essence of our humanity. We always feel close to figuring out some elusive answer to life’s most profound questions. Of course, we never do so, and that’s what keeps us going.

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The Dying Dancer

Time has forced its hand, made a realist of her.

Despite every effort to balance on a dream,

everything for everything—

 

The story:

Happily ever after, all pieces placed together,

screeching-apart.

 

Above the sky,

toes precariously believed in wings…

 

Clipped by a cruel descent into desolation.

 

Heart hung-up—

worn satin dance-slippers retired on a hook.

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Maria Pisciotta-DellaPorte ©2018 All Rights Reserved