LOVE ‘NOT WAR’ • by Kaolin Imago Fire

The stilt-walker
creates love by
making himself
bright colors
broadened grin,
at war with both light
and dark–fighting gravity
with levity, a multi-colored umbrella
a large, black bow-tie.

Kaolin Imago Fire is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. Web development is his primary occupation, but he also develops computer games, edits Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, and occasionally teaches computer science. He has had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, Tuesday Shorts, Escape Velocity, and Alienskin Magazine, among others.

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Posted on July 8, 2009 in Inspirational, Poems
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  • Paul Freeman

    I’m afraid this reads more like a list than poem – and not a very coherant list.

  • Roberta SchulbergGoro

    Trouble is, nobody really loves a clown. This is not a good description of love. It’s a description of getting away with slapstick, slapstick as a weapon. A nice idea is a nice idea only if it has a grip on actuality, on reality. It could be a description of a lobster’s brightened carapace.

  • Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

    I thought this was an interesting idea about one combating loneliness with exhibition.

  • Nathan Tyree

    Great stuff! Personally I think Paul is wrong. A list can be a poem, and this one works beautifully.

  • Lydia

    This reminds me of a male bird, using his plumage and dance to get a mate – and how people often settle for a response on the unimportant “show” parts of themselves, as opposed to their reality. It’s a little sad, but I like it. Very visual.

  • Sharon

    I’m with Roberta. If the stilt walker think he’s creating love, he is indeed self-deceived.

  • T.J. McIntyre

    I think that “love” here, in this context would equate to “adoration” or simply “attention.” With that in mind, the poem works very well. People often make “clowns” of themselves in an attemtp to attract attention, after all.

  • Roberta SchulbergGoro

    T.J. McIntyre – I agree, people make clowns of themselves in order to hog the spotlight. I don’t agree with “adoration.”

  • Kaolin Fire

    In retrospect, the title should perhaps have been more along the lines of “At an otherwise tense war protest”.

    Thanks all for the comments. :)

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