n. A Petri dish is a shallow cylindrical
glass or plastic lidded dish that
biologists use to culture cells.
confined by the arch of circular form
each life cycles endlessly, growing
evolving—attempting to be different:
the scent of rose rises from one, a prickle
of spine another, a sour taste with a third,
a vibratory ping is emitted by the fourth
and ah the fifth flashes-flashes-flashes
n. An abyss: a seemingly bottomless chasm.
or a profound difference between people
or hell conceived of as a bottomless pit.
an aperture created to school light circles,
mouths the white, eats the assumption of
nonexistence without sight—pupils open
and close retaining images of what might.
Backward we fall circling round the drain
pitted against a pocked foreground of
tactile white—holed up
n. Pointillism a technique of neo-impressionist
painting using tiny dots of various pure colors,
which become blended in the viewer’s eye.
the flat edge lies as round it rims, fluctuating
to gray, charging the white to glow—shadows
caste by bump-ups that raise gray tones. Candy
shots that dot dance, vibrate--
all, that’s Universal portrayed, boxed in
a rectangular frame
This poem was written as part of the 20 Poem Challenge.
Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator specializing in Shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for Massage and Aromatherapy publications. She travels the world seeking writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before “The Arab Spring”), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).
Her poetry appears in Magazines: here/there: poetry in the UK, Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada, Tincture in Australia, Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Kong, China, Eunoia in Singapore, Latchkey Tales in New Zealand, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, mgv2>publishing in France, RedLeaf Poetry, India and Travel by the Book, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, Sounding Review, Kyso Flash, The Aurorean, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Liquid Imagination, Poetry Quarterly, Page & Spine and others in the USA. Her new book The Hurricane is available now through Prolific Press.
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