rhythm* a haibun by Donna Fleischer / FieraLingue



Entering the elemental realm with sculptor Andy Goldsworthy — a film about his earth works.
I feel words for the first time, for something pre-verbal, semiotic — sadly, living in the man-made world is making me sick. How to live less in it? 

The sculptor says, in Rivers and Tides that the tides teach us about time. He breathes in the natural world, doesn’t use the word real, doesn’t need to.


I imagine a Tigris and Euphrates moon, shifting silt, menses, our deeper history, before hierarchy; remember Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space — that the seashell is also nature prefiguring the human ear; to know of postmodern shaman Timothy Treadwell’s love for the brown bear, thanks to filmmaker Werner Herzog.


The way to feeling. The shape of it. How it takes time. Takes us to cavedepth being, past emotion. I ponder Clayton Eshleman’s Juniper Fuse and write:


art enlivens. if you let it into your life,

as marauder. to be at one with the mystery,

an unlonely presence in absence, of what is

loved, what lost. the paleolithic

imagination reaching for the human it will

become, for its own shadow, through art,

its will, its desire for survival.



pure love

Ofili’s elephant dung

with Madonna






*artist Chris Ofili, lived and worked with elephants in Thailand where he grew to know and love them.
i feel that he integrated their dung into his paintings in much the same way iconographers embellished objects of devotion with gold leaf.




© Donna Fleischer

from FieraLingue

    • snowbirdpress
    • June 18th, 2012

    There is the music of the spheres and the pulsing of light itself….that is life itself. When we feel it we know we are alive and will live forever.

  1. very nice. enjoyed this

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