Intelligence is energy

David by Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s David

Intelligence is energy

I make no claims
           other than to say
that intelligence is energy
           and it manifests itself
for better or worse
           in every realm of art

the king is a thing
           that Shakespeare moves
around a stage
           before our eyes
and in our head
           painting too
is poetry
           and poets paint
composers offer us
           their soundscapes

out of Carrara marble
           using hammer and chisel
and the energy
           of his intelligence
Michelangelo extracted
           his David which now exists
in an active universe
           eternally bent on creation

John Lyons

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Michelangelo

Michelangelo

Where if not in the mind
           does beauty lie ?
Who sees the puckered rose
           who sees the pursed pout
of her lips primed for a kiss ?
           And so the white swan drifts
through my consciousness
           where the sun rises and sets
and the river never runs dry
           Who sees and yet fails to see
the truth of the beauty of life ?
           Out of the subtle stone
of Carrara the artist draws
           the beauty of his soul
sets it in the palpitating
           folds of his imagination

John Lyons