Plastic People and Their Members Only Signs

Obstacles3, by Douglas Pinson. Digital painting, 2021.


The Commons

What we can and can’t see
Depends too often on what we can
And can’t afford
Which brings in the poor imagination

To carry much of the load
Far too much of that load

Says that central organ
Of our nature
Its definition

The primordial green and yellow valley
Over there with its endless
Flowered meadows
And spritely creatures

We imagine are there
Waiting to dance with us
Sing with us
Show us their tiny multiverse

Is not ours to see
So we can’t
Outside the mind’s sixth sense
And that      my friends      is not true life

Nor is it true life when a wild run
Down to the sunny shore
An openly free and thunderous run
Down to a pristine beach

Without umpteen hideous glassed in
Towers blocking horizons over the sea
Blocking our unabashed joy in the run
Through the dunes to that sea

Our first home     is impossible!

Imagination without echoes in the world
In the real world of flesh and blood
Valleys and strands      mountains and forests
Is like singing a song without notes

Without words
Without hope


The poem above struck me out of the blue. Well, mostly cuz I just listened to “Signs,” by
The Five Man Electrical Band (1971), and thought about our all too common lack of common access to Nature. I think some of that bled into these recent paintings as well, seen above and below:



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Plastic People and Their Members Only Signs
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