February 2024



The Art of David Wiley


Objective Correlative


You are supposed to feel

the weight of a dry leaf

pressing upon the pavement

or a wet kiss

on the back of the mind


you should sense

that your name is anchored

to the earth you walk on


the sight of a eucalyptus

bending in the wind

should catapult you back

to the other side of the world

and the twenty-fifth year

of your life


the alchemy of indecision

should make of you

an undiscovered creature living in a catalog

of rearranged and tainted ages

where the symbols of becoming

slowly glow and slowly darken

as the cobalt greens

escape the reds

and lift you up

into an open vault

of neverending possibility.


You may perform rituals

to invoke the dreams

you long for

the ones in which

the triumphant formulas

are hidden

the ones that make you

a dreamer awake

conducting your own symphony

invented as you go along


perhaps you will see yourself

bending over the source

of a great river

filling your cup

from a trickle of water


perhaps the right word

will open the door

to the room you once

were afraid to look into

and you will see

all the pain in the world

dissolving in a pool

of white light.


You are meant to recall

the agony of separation

the ineffable presence

of loneliness

recreated at a glance


you are supposed to return

again and again

to the very thing

you will never understand

that miles of mythic fabric

will never cover


you are tempted to know it

from a number of angles

to make of your reflection

the object of mystery


the beginning and end

of a prismatic journey

to a very distant

hall of mirrors

where at last you may

see yourself inside the phrase

that turns the music

into footsteps

that start you

on your long march back

to the place where

the miracle was invented.


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Lissa Tyler Renaud

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.
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