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.
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.