“Shaping the Universe” by Kelly DeMaegd, after Larry Heath’s “Orange Moon”

Larry Heath’s intricate metal sculptures inspired several poems for September’s Art of Poetry reading.  Here is one by Art of Poetry assistant coordinator, Kelly DeMaegd of Sherrill’s Ford, NC.

Larry Heath, Orange Moon, metal, Hickory Museum of Art Collection, Museum purchase, 2012.14.7

Larry Heath, Orange Moon, metal, Hickory Museum of Art Collection, Museum purchase, 2012.14.7

 

Kelly DeMaegd

SHAPING THE UNIVERSE

     Inspired by Larry Heath’s Orange Moon

 

In the beginning the creator

assembles his tools:  pliers, hammer,

his own callused hands.  Grunts an immense

sheet of tin onto his workbench,

begins to sketch.  A genius of design,

all elements are related,

 

interdependent.  Deft and sure,

the creator imagines order,

meaning, knows that if a connection

is broken, a tree burns, hills erode,

rivers flood, cattle drown, children starve.

Once the plan is complete, he cuts,

 

snips, folds until the universe

emerges, elaborate, fragile,

whimsical.  Surveying his work,

the creator brushes dust to the ground,

bows his head, whispers a blessing, 

bestows dominion.  And it was so.

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9 Responses to “Shaping the Universe” by Kelly DeMaegd, after Larry Heath’s “Orange Moon”

  1. Bud Caywood says:

    How fortunate I am to have such talented and creative friends! Thanks Kelly. Great poem!

  2. Kelly, thank you for putting words to Dads art. I so wish he could have read yours and others poetry which was written because he sculpted tin out of his mere thoughts.

  3. Douglas Anne McHargue says:

    You remind us of how everything is interelated by just being part of the universe. And apparently from the way we’ve been tending it, we need reminding! Well done.

  4. John DeMaegd says:

    I like the way the poem makes the creation of the sculpture into art, with poetry. Well done.

  5. Brenda Smith says:

    As always for Kelly, I think, magnificent. The poem gives a true feeling of contentment and satisfaction all the way to the end.

  6. patricia deaton says:

    Beautiful and elegant. Fantastic poem, Kelly.

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