Don the Fend Folly (or Cumbrous Cave Fulvous Throne)

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Earth Flight – Promethea 12″ x 9″ acrylic / linen

In this oneiric tale I am invited to partake by my anima in a beautiful although frightening challenge.

I am then led steadily downward towards an underground chamber to encounter the Keeper of this subterranean domain.

The painting Tierra Vuelo – Prometea (Earth Flight – Promethea) is related on several levels to the poetry included in this post and subtly suggests the theft of the fire of creativity or creation.

Cumbrous Cave Fulvous Throne or Don the Fend Folly

A slightly sloped sidewalk

downward I do stride

multilevel sea view Anima me guides

diminutive ridge handrails trace scene tide

She’s close to sheer cliff

vegetation prime eyed.

Hesitation unwelcome in sharing her view

“come closer to edge observe down bijou”

nerve racked and alarmed reach rail I approach

slope height even lower this vertigo broach

prostrate and face up look down from the floor

tight torso slight lifted safe gaze eerie score.

Distinct invitation trail down passage way

I see water in exit sand also conveyed

(though not as effective construction dismayed).

We embark descent stroll routeing terrain encounter

basement dungeon is dark earthy flow moisty mountain

old hermit custodian ancient guardian fine wreaker

realm artifact steward dormant wine wisdom keeper.

Plank summit top table ornate vitreous bright jar

prepackaged clear pairs full round from afar

glass cradle of earplugs seem ripen rouge grapes

uneven cut boulders sum daunting landscape.

Reach crystal container retrieve packaged pair

(and ask the old man if it’s true that I can

He replies “No” emphatic, “tis mine, not to share.”

I mock to myself – ‘No worries Sultan…’)

plenty they’re from and remain with no care.

I don the fend folly grape earplugs of ice

two globules cold ears stroll cellar suffice

daft domain demands unearth once them all

rule dungeon quite tricky as slab made step stones.

Flight vertical labyrinth

Cumbrous cave Fulvous throne.

Dreamer in Disguise

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Reflection on a Dreamer 16.5″ x 13.25″ oil & soft pastel / archival mat board

The self portrait “Reflection on a Dreamer” is a recent study in cool, neutral, and warm tones achieved primarily by observing my reflection in the studio mirror in the space of a few nights.

The portrait started out with eyes wide open but then gradually transformed into what it is now, although a few minor details should allow me to consider it completed, it is still in process. The poetry is once again based primarily on a recent nightly encounter.

Dreamer in Disguise

Faceless dreamer shroud

searching fruitless for reflection

long open white lab coat

fraud garment of perfection

arms supple in a circle

head invisible to my eyes

plasticity reigns this realm

soft mirror of disguise.

The dreamer cloaked as artist,

the dreamer as a fool

dreamer of distinction

dreamer molecule

dreamer fine magician

dreamer full of science

dreamer Nosferatu

dreamer pact in silence

dreamer as a hermit

dreamer with no clothes

dreamer close the circuit

dreamer chews and chose.