April 5, 2012
April 5: The Art of the Moors by David Shumate

The Art of the Moors

Last night the Moors loaded their artists on ships and sent them abroad.  They believe they have designs that come directly from the divine and want to share them with us.  They would like the keys to our churches.  Our schoolhouses.  Our subways.  So they can fill them with floral patterns.  With the patterns of peacocks.  And such small deer. To demonstrate the purity of their intent, the Moors have covered the hulls of several ships with wondrous blue mosaics.  Just now one is sailing into our harbor.  It looks like a mosque turned inside out.  Or an Alhambra lifted from the land.  Their kind-faced artists are waving from the deck.  They seem anxious to join us on the piers.  The choice is ours. Shower them with flowers. Or place sentinels on the shore.

—David Shumate (Boone County)

David Shumate is the author of High Water Mark (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the 2005 Best Books of Indiana, poetry category.  His second collection of prose poems, The Floating Bridge, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2008.  His poetry has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times and The Best American Poetry, as well as on “The Writer’s Almanac.” He teaches at Marian University.

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2 responses to “April 5: The Art of the Moors by David Shumate”

  1. Mary Couch says:

    A delightful prose poem – colorful and enchanting

  2. A tight mosaic-tattoo of a poem that unfolds and opens visually within us as we read it.

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