Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Deja Vu

on September 23, 2018

I never guessed to find
At my age the Youthful Fountain
In a “Life Long Learning” class

Our program is to study
The art of Michelangelo
Freeing life from marble

We began like kindergarteners
With expectant faces seated
Around two tables set up end-to-end

Newsprint was spread before us
And then we all were given
A block of soap and tiny knife

Our instruction was to carve
Whatever we desired
Like Michelangelo, oh dear!

The last assignment and the best
Round the table as we sculpted
We told something of ourselves

I could do without the learning
And spend our class-time weekly
Carving soap and telling stories

16 responses to “Deja Vu

  1. Sabra Bowers says:

    I wanted to see what you carved. Enjoyed your poem.

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks, Sabra. Actually I had a bar of Ivory soap which kept crumbling. I was aiming to carve a cubist sort of figure but accidentally lopped off one of its legs. I didn’t bring it home.

  2. Dale says:

    What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! The camaraderie whilst carving (gawd, I would so suck at that!). Yes, to telling the stories…

    • vivachange77 says:

      The whole thing about carving is to have fun and see what appears. I have a friend who says as children we were all artists until second grade when some teacher told us we couldn’t draw or paint. He had workshops where we played with clay and reclaimed the artist within us. I love writing poetry because at least in the Word Press world there are no rules.

      • Dale says:

        That is so true. Teachers sometimes hinder more than they help. Especially when it comes to creativity.
        It sounds like so much fun…
        And yes. When I found out poetry doesn’t have to rhyme and that there were many forms, then I tried my hand. Hasn’t been that long…

      • vivachange77 says:

        Dale, in your descriptions of encounters with life I feel your joy and your frustrations – and grieving. To me that is the heart of writing no matter the medium.

  3. Eileen says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Do share photos of your carvings. 🙂

  4. vivachange77 says:

    It was good fun. I haven’t used a camera since I had a Brownie box camera as a child hence no pictures. My carving reminded me of Paul Klee’s Hero With One Broken Wing. It was a cubist sort of figure with only one leg since I accidentally carved off the other one. I’m better at writing.

  5. What a great class, I love the idea of telling stories while carving.

  6. vivachange77 says:

    That was a one-time happening. Tomorrow we go back to the usual class-room model to learn about Michelangelo and his sculpting. Our text book is Irving Stone’s biographical novel “The Agony and The Ecstasy”, which I much prefer to a scholarly treatise.

  7. Eric Alagan says:

    Well, the good news is – soap is never wasted 🙂

    To be creative – break the rules. Unless the aim is to clone.


  8. JoHanna Massey says:

    Oh this is a good one. Thank you.

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