Yesterday, I was in a Modernist Gallery in Oxford, viewing a selection of Salvador Dali’s surreal sketches. I love his work. One, which I cannot find online yet, was of a bishop throwing a flaming Giraffe from a tower. I would have liked to have bought it, but only have the bus fare at the moment!
Anyway, some of you will know that I Am the Banana Poet – I write poetry (doggerel usually) on my partner’s banana daily… a delight for her lunch-box and a constant challenge to my creativity.
Today, I was inspired to fuse Spike Milligan’s almost surrealist style with the sketch by Dali that had clearly captured my imagination.
Here is the result:
A Flaming Giraffe
(Just for a laugh)
Was thrown from a tower by the Clergy;
But I think you will find
The Giraffe didn’t mind
‘Cos he’d given the Bishop the lurgy.
Portia Nelson’s “Autobiography” is one of my all-time favourite poems.
I didn’t realise she’s no longer with us, so this homage is to say, “Thank You!” for being such a blessing to me.
I’ve changed the language slightly for a British audience – the copyright of the words remains with Portia’s estate.
Is a fragile light;
A candle flame
That may be easily gutted or is it guttered?
I don’t know…
Yet, still, by the soft warmth of
Inspired to a greater glow.
Is a heart of ice,
Behind shutters of bullet proof steel.
My protective shield
May be raised in an instant
And will remain constant;
I am imprisoned here
In this darkeness
Until I see
After committing to the picture, I thought, I might add a line… so I had to redo the picture – a nice development.