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Floating gardens

[SAROUK]

We buy what we cannot control, the rugs,
rhythm-makers, containing refrains of
the oldest story: a man takes a journey.
I have no stories inside me, he says,
so travels on, to rest beneath a carpet
of blue constellations, star patterns
at the edges of disordered border walls.
At the center, a meditative medallion
makes a moving immortal-flowered ground:
to live there is to give oneself over
to greenness, redness, occasional blues,
holding those spirits of woollen dyes
rising from the knots within to breathe
against the woven, multi-colored air.

—excerpt from Figures in the Carpets by David Schloss

float (detail)

Inspired by a photograph of the small and exquisite ruins of a saint’s tomb along the banks of the Nile in Egypt. And by The Girl Who Loved The Wind. And by Persian and Indian miniatures…

Now available as a giclée print, or stretched canvas, on Society6.

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9 thoughts on “Floating gardens

    • Yes, funny, you pus and you push and then suddenly a dam breaks inside, and then it flows and flows until you are empty again, and the slow building up starts again. I live for this part—where things just keep coming, and I can’t work fast enough, and it’s all so easy and wonderful…it’s the best place to be in the world, within “The Zone”, wouldn’t you agree? ;)

      “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
      —Charles Horton Cooley

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