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It sits before me,
A project of uncountable actions.
Do this, this, that, this, that
Repeat repeat repeat.

Go away and come back
This, this, that, this, that
Repeat repeat repeat
Over and over.

I am the ocean,
It is a rock.
Action by action
Little by little
Molecule by molecule
I shave away
Wear away
Abrade away ...

Infinitesimal changes,
One after another after another.

My will to complete
Is inexorable.
I will prevail,
And in the end
The result will be
Than total transformation.

And I will smile,

Ready to begin again.


This is for my friend Brandon. Today I asked him how his project was coming, and he said, "I am the ocean, and it is a rock." Ten minutes later, this was done.

Sometimes art just happens, and I swear my brain isn't involved in the process at all!


Background image painted in ArtRage, text added in Photoshop 6.

September 27, 2008
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Sep 27, 2008 1:48:02 am
I love this, it makes perfect sense, you just keep plugging away, bit by bit by bit. And oh yeah, isn't it awesome when those words just almost write themeslves??!!

by beachzz Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 1:55:01 am
This is wonderful! It speaks to me, Tara, and I thank you!

by cmolsen2002 Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 2:01:32 am
Absolutely-absolutely-absolutely!!! 8^D

by Thelby Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 3:05:51 am
Beautiful Tara :)))

by helanker Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 3:19:54 am
STUNNING, Tara! You are sooooo talented.
And as for the words writing themselves, yep, I've experienced that with both poetry and visual art, great feeling!!!!
A fellow right-brainer!

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 7:09:43 am
Wonderful !!!

by NekhbetSun Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 7:21:56 am
Great expressive verse there Tara, sounds just like the laws of postworking do this, do that, and start all over again.

by PD154 Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 10:30:52 am
Nice work...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 10:33:12 am
Wonderful words and a wonderful picture to accompany it.

by barbdennist Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 10:59:42 am
Hi Tara May

what can I say
this is cool
and awesome too

sweet Saturday to you
warm hug, Linda Kaye

by hipps13 Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 1:09:21 pm
so wonderful

by jocko500 Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 4:32:39 pm
Cool, love the words, excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by ontar1 Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 5:01:38 pm
Inexorable, infinitesimal? My, you use such big words!
Perseverance: the ability to turn off your cellphone and keep it off; also the ability to read any and all e-bots.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 6:25:04 pm
wonderful !

by lucindawind Homepage »

Sep 27, 2008 10:01:20 pm
Great poem again.

by Lunastar Homepage »

Sep 28, 2008 11:50:49 am
I can relate to this Tara....My Rock is all the stuff in this house from Larry, his mom and his dad....It might take me 35 yrs. to go throw it, because it took 35 yrs. to collect it....but I just keep trying.....Lovely work Tara

by Merrylee Homepage »

Jun 11, 2009 6:43:23 am
What amazing imagery! I do totally agree with your brain not being involved in some of the poems. Sometimes your brain becomes the stumbling block upon which you falter.


by SusiQ Homepage »

Jun 16, 2009 4:07:07 am
beautiful, and the music of the words suits the feeling of the words...There's an old Taoist saying that rock is harder than water, but only water can dissolve rock (whereas rock will never dissolve water). The image of creating, by slowly shaping and dissolving the rock, is beautiful. And in the end you describe a very Eastern thing: Being born, it starts all over again. When you 'channel' your work, it comes out like waterfalls. Beautiful, and I can definitely relate.

by anahata.c Homepage »

Aug 27, 2011 10:32:49 pm
I see you are a lady of many talents, Tara!

Followed the link here from your comment on Mike's (neferiousDrO) wonderful wood-grain tiles post.

This definitely speaks to me - it's a wonderful poem, and really sounds like a relaxing evening spent just playing for the sheer joy of it. Wonderful!

by RodS Homepage »

Aug 28, 2011 9:24:53 am
Wonderful poem, it really does encompass so many of the kinds of projects I work on. I suspect many of us here can relate to this one.

by NefariousDrO Homepage »


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