ODE TO THE ARTIST
Sketching Lotus Pads at Round Prairie Park
Black lines briefly sketched on paper
capture our appearance but not our essence.
Your attention interests us,
although others have never before.
Your watchful eyes tell us
we are apart of you.
Can you feel our thoughts?
Can you think our feelings?
We do yours
and we thank you for committing us to memory.
For long after we’ve gone
and transmuted ourselves back into nature
our likeness will remind you that we were.
And your response will touch our hearts.
© Ken Chawkin
This poem, ODE TO THE ARTIST, was shruti, an account of what was heard, while Sometimes Poetry Happens, was smriti, the memory of what had happened. This was the first poem I had ever entered into a competition. I had read about it in the Fairfield Ledger. On Guru Purnimah Day, 1989, I received news that ODE TO THE ARTIST, Sketching Lotus Pads at Round Prairie Park had won the Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum’s Distinguished Poet Award, (1988), and was later published in the Winter edition of Treasured Poems of America. They requested another poem, and Sometimes Poetry Happens made it into their Summer edition, both published in 1990. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. is located in Sistersville, West Virginia. I shared the news with Bobby Lowenberg of the Fairfield Ledger and she interviewed me on winning the poetry competition. Both experiences—participating in the creative process and actually writing poems, and having the results recognized and published—gave me the confidence to keep at it. The reward is both intrinsic and extrinsic—it comes from writing, interacting with creativity—your own and Nature’s, and then sharing the results in poetry readings and getting published.
Here is a recent interview that features both of these poems: PR to poetry – how things sometimes happen to Ken Chawkin. I alluded to it in this post: Publicist and Poet @KenChawkin featured @TMhome_com. Learning to let go to let magic happen #creativity #TMmeditation.