Kelly Cressio-Moeller

Unhindered (for Ruth Asawa)

by Kelly Cressio-Moeller

copyright 2008

Pathways curling into curved meanders
Exploring the subtle duality of space
Chevron patterns neat as garden rows
Bright with sleight of hand color tension
Releasing shimmering optical vibrations

A slender bend of industrial wire
Heralding interlaced trumpets
Blowing amber-glow tranquility
And dandelion spore reflections
Across ceiling, wall, and floor

Tied-wire cartwheels
Anchored from on high
Awaiting our childhood monkey-bar swings
From shadowed branch to shadowed branch
A mystic woodland of our own

Forms within forms
Crocheted, cocooning teardrop wombs
Nesting, resting within themselves
Umbilical hourglasses connecting us all
By a lifeline of elongated possibility and suspended joy

A precise reticulation of roads
Clean, clear, infinite
Traveling heroic and unhindered
Mapping the belief that:

                             "A line can go anywhere"

The Floating World

by Kelly Cressio-Moeller
copyright 2009

I am still,
a crucifix on the gurney.
On the left, a nurse spears
my darting vein,
taking away my blood.
On the right, another pushes fog
through my bloodstream,
taking away my pain.
An instant swirling rush, recalling
windswept leaves
or the letting down of hair,
and I escape into the floating world:
a woodblock print. My hospital gown,
a white silk kimono
with wide diaphanous sleeves,
dips into the river. I pass under
the moon bridge CAT scan.
Two golden koi race underwater,
faster than the barbed stones
that tear through my kidney,
carving a print of their own.

3 replies

  1. I especially love this one. The imagery. The ending line. Everything : )


  2. Beautiful! Am glad I was able to resurrect this “Floating World” poem for you so to speak. Wonderful irony. It is worth revisiting.


  3. Tres tres bien, j’adore…


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