Monday, December 17, 2012

Four-sided Janus mask


Four sides of the clay mask I constructed 12/17/12














In ancient mythology,
Janus is the god of 
beginnings and transitions, 
endings and time.

This mask speaks to
the chorus of voices 
clamoring for attention 
as Climate Change
renders our past
obsolete.

This mask has myriad faces,
reflecting whoever we are 
from wherever we’re from:

The bleached skull of a pterodactyl 
or a coyote’s cunning glare. 

The crest of a shrill blue jay
 or a sturgeon’s dead stare.

The enlightened smile of a dolphin
obscured by polluted waters

Or an old high-top sneaker
washed up after the flood.

The mask speaks to us all.
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