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Certain Rites of Summer


The Art of David Wiley


Art and Poetry Selection:
Lissa Tyler Renaud

For a Few French Poets

Don't settle the score

            with your physical gremlins

            by exalting their demise in a song.

In those days

            when we plucked our sustenance

            from every passing hand

            that walked our way,

            swallowed everything in view

            and sometimes jammed it down

            if it wouldn't go quietly,

we inhaled secretions that had not yet

            been discovered,

hoping for an accidental alchemy

            no matter the odds;

we played Devouring Angel

            with our fingers and our glands

            working together

            in a powerful alliance,

holy or not we didn't care.


Our cathedrals and our sacred books

            were constructed and bound

            as we went along,

just pieces of the longforgotten planet

we came to lie down in.


Our eyes marched over

            a thousand battlefields

and rested among the rocks and trees

            beside the rivers and waterfalls

            until our flags and emblems

            our universe of hieroglyphs

            and dances in the shadows of campfires

became a world made up of stories

            long legends and the hoots of owls

a world so big we hadn't the time

            to see it or to rest.


We carried it in a pouch

            around the waist

and spoke of it

            as if it were a thing

            that we could hold and fondle

            before taking another bite.

Heavy as a lead weight with wings

            we covered our ground

            scattering seeds

            keeping our brushes in tune

listening for that dear bright

            impossible song in the sky,

watching for that rainbow

            that would melt our hearts

            like the violins

            and the reds of autumn.

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David Wiley, painter-poet: graduate of U. Kansas; studied at Mexico City College and with artist Ignacio Belen in Barcelona. Widely traveled, he exhibits throughout California and abroad. Wiley has published two volumes of poetry: Designs for a Utopian Zoo (1992) and The Face of Creation (1996). Since 2005, Wiley has received large mural commissions in Arizona, Mexico and California. Wiley is a longtime contributor to Scene4: paintings, poems, meditations on art, creative non-fiction. To inquire about his paintings, click here.
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July 2019

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