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Author's Note:
Inspiration drawn from the painting "Regal Reward" by John Lynch. Link to artists website below.

Echoes of Kilimanjaro

Thundering hooves
Tracing age-old spores
Sounding seasonal pilgramage
Cross bladed plain
Over parched terrain
While clouds -
Messiahs of rain and
Deliverers of salvation
Are long absent
From lucid sun-drenched skies.

Here and there
Isolated oases remain
In stubborn resistance
Where predator and prey
Subject and king
All journey
To quench their drying pallete
With sweetest of wine
Drawn from same maternal bossom.

The Imperial Lion lazes
All appetites appeased
Reminicses former kills
Yet ruminates upon just one
For whom he holds only marvel and respect
Whose beauty
With graceful bounds
Defying his own lumberous approach
Playfully eluded
His inept clutches.


Artist's website address is

Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "Echoes of Kilimanjaro"
by smithy

You always make sense
Hi pen. Yes, I agree about the art. We all interpret it our own way. The picture "Regal Reward" is the one I've tried to put up as avatar but you can't see the detail. I checked John's site and he has taken it down from there I think.
Sometimes I like the order and structure and other times I feel a little restricted so I like to chop things up a bit. Here as I reread it I guess it isn't exactly in the form I would like yet either. I'm still hearing the way I wrote it, but that probably isn't tranferring to the paper so well. I'll have to think about that. Thanks pen

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: September 23, 2004 )

thanks lilia
You are so right about subjectivity too lilia. The painting I wrote "Echoes of Kilimanjaro" about is "regal reward" which should be my avatar at the moment. I've only just changed it and sometimes the old one shows up for some reason. The site pen and I are talking about is (fingers crossed)...
Woohoo! (I hope)
I have written a few poems and stories inspired by my friend's artwork and since he has helped and inspired me I like to pay tribute to that assistance from time to time. It is good to draw upon the visual artists knowledge of symbols in storytelling I find.
Thanks again lilia. Structure and form are definitely lesser elements than substance and essence. This one I think is still missing something I think that would as pen says "tag home plate". ;)

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: September 23, 2004 )

thanks jessicanm
I tried replying to this yesterday but it didn't go through I see. Thanks for that comment Jessicanm. I'm going to print that out to show the artist. We are working on some projects together, including this painting and Wolf, Panther, Eagle, Lynx and other animal paintings with a poem like this for each. Now I might be able to increase my slice of the pie a little. Cheers smithy.

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: September 23, 2004 )

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