Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Fragments

I think about all the places I have ever lived and feel a profound sense of loss. I am grateful to heave been exposed to different environments and experiences, but … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Limitation as Freedom

I am discussing the concept of limitation in the context of artistic freedom. When I am faced with the whiteness of my creative page, I like to set limiting parameters … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seven Colors of Love

Seven Colors of Love Love is green Like freshly-cut grass Raw earthy and sour The stiff sharp blades Pierce your bare feet Without apology Love is blue Like mother’s blouse … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

“May Night” by Tadeusz Miciński

Crowned donkeys sat on the grass – crickets kiss a wild rose – and death shimmers on the pond and plays a frolicking song.           Mayflies, … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Calliope – The Patroness of Inspiration

Calliope is the muse of epic poetry, the patroness of inspiration. http://tinyurl.com/muaj4ru

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Soft

Plush velvet cottonwheat Strands of mauve and milk In snug pleats enveloping Faded gray wooing Fond weave of yarn Shelter petals rust Safely closely holding Folding and unfolding Winter’s hush … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Now Not Enough? – Where Music and Poetry Meet

Have you downloaded the free track from my latest album? “Is Now Not Enough?” – read about the inspiration behind the title. Please share, like, and comment. https://soundcloud.com/dosiamckay/is-now-not-enough-1

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Christmas Archangel

Small talk potluck smiles Clench my jaws tight Just like stage fright An hour of social delight In a less-traveled corner My weathered friend I finally gird myself With long … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Free Download – Glossolalia Track

Free download from my new album Glossolalia played by NeoQuartet. Listen, share, e-mail to your mother, girlfriend, and your boss. Pre-order an audio CD and MP3 album. Leave a comment, … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Seven Colors of Love

Love is green Like freshly-cut grass Raw earthy and sour The stiff sharp blades Pierce your bare feet Without apology Love is blue Like mother’s blouse Soft ruffles brush Against … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ethyle

In nineteen fifteen Ethyle was twenty three So says the back Of a sepia photograph Only shards of second hand memories remain That no man took away her name That … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Poems, Essays, and Short Stories on Facebook

If you have enjoyed my poetry, please consider following me on Facebook. I set up a new page devoted to my poems, essays, and short stories. In my writing I … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Writing

Why couldn’t life be A multiple choice test? That way you could get it right Most of the time If you had The faintest idea And a sense of direction … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Playing Poker

Forgive me Lauren but I lost dexterity To shuffle the decks Of life’s persistent questions I used to array them in ornate fans Draw a random card And I would … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

To Be Asked

If he could only hear That it was time That it’s been too long And would he please come Birthday or not Rain or hunting season He would have gone … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Resuscitation

Yesterday I saw a girl Of maybe twenty five springs Clenched between the gutter Of a urine stained sidewalk And an insisting grip Of an assertive hero Compressing her helpless … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Food

In the end only food matters And those who endure your talking With your mouth full Kingdoms rise and fall For the freedom of drinking The right kind of borscht … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

At the Airport

Those who arrive Smile guardedly Not seeing yet Yet being seen Those who depart Cry guiltily Not missing yet Yet being missed But we are playing In the maze of … Continue reading

July 26, 2010 · 2 Comments

Channel Surf

You can never get them to sit on your lap Got over the top of the other one We’ve got something They all have to answer to God There is … Continue reading

April 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Will You Come Before Winter?

Will you come before winter? Frost silenced the mornings The mirror of the harbor Cracked the rays of the sun Will you come before winter? Fall fulfilled her waiting Aimless … Continue reading

April 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Christmas Archangel

Small talk potluck smiles Clench my jaws tight Just like stage fright An hour of social delight In a less-traveled corner My weathered friend I finally gird myself With long … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Things Are Unsaid

Things are unsaid In a certain way Fork on the left Knife on the right Definitely don’t smile Before Christmas Sometimes after the fact It’s good to acknowledge But only … Continue reading

December 11, 2009 · Leave a comment

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor for flute alone

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor, Poco adagio There are never enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. This summer … Continue reading

August 21, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Power of Color

“Color is the power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the … Continue reading

August 8, 2009 · 4 Comments

Nobake

In the town of Nobake Time congeals Like a peach pie filling from a can Hours come and go In assorted colors No experience necessary For your convenience Days are … Continue reading

July 23, 2009 · 1 Comment

Hunger

She is looking for crumbs of him At the table they sat That day she could not eat A nauseous heart Is a sign of a different Kind of hunger … Continue reading

July 22, 2009 · Leave a comment

Longing

Tangled breaths of water nymphs Waves’ incessant moans Intertwined in endless Ebbs and flows Nothing satisfies let me Stay let me go Neither food nor Sleep comfort wordless angsts As … Continue reading

June 9, 2009 · 2 Comments

Soft

Plush velvet cottonwheat Strands of mauve and milk In snug pleats enveloping Faded gray wooing Fond weave of yarn Shelter petals rust Safely closely holding Folding and unfolding Winter’s hush … Continue reading

April 11, 2009 · 2 Comments

Death by Settling Down

Used to carry wind in his pockets The call of the forests Chirped in his ears No more Found strangled in his sleep Smothered he was By a crafty hand … Continue reading

April 10, 2009 · 1 Comment

Seven Colors of Love

Love is green Like freshly-cut grass Raw earthy and sour The stiff sharp blades Pierce your bare feet Without apology Love is blue Like mother’s blouse Soft ruffles brush Against … Continue reading

April 5, 2009 · Leave a comment

Anticipation

Silence on the verge Is weightier than Oceans of words Air as thick as A snow cloud Ready to burst Holding her breath In expectation Almost Nearly Not yet Vibrant … Continue reading

February 23, 2009 · 1 Comment

A New Name

She will give you a new name Your name will be A mighty conqueror A brave warrior A knight of valor Ten thousands of ruddy horses Will storm through the … Continue reading

February 7, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Way We Were

Long after we are gone They will unearth our bones From beneath warm glaciers Or cold ashes of extinct volcanoes They will store our frail artifacts In hermetic containers And … Continue reading

February 2, 2009 · 3 Comments

Unpublished Poems

Unpublished poems Scratch the insides Of antique bureaus Peering through the keyholes Of rusted locks Awaiting pardon From blurred memories They stretch their Unexercised verbs While silently Mouthing censored stanzas … Continue reading

January 21, 2009 · 1 Comment

Reprimand

Dear Life Please note that Observance of guidelines Stated in the Policy Manual Is mandatory Sharp turns Are discouraged As are U-turns And turns for the worse All surprises Must … Continue reading

January 19, 2009 · Leave a comment

Sleepless

Possibilities Inevitabilities Liabilities Vulnerabilities Squared Multiplied Permutated Why now? Why not then? Why you? Why not you? Alternate endings In alternate universes Special features And upcoming attractions I rewind to … Continue reading

December 23, 2008 · Leave a comment

Skyline

Heaven or Earth? Day or night? Water or air? Neither Just the horizon Cradling the face Of stillness I walk blindly Knowing less Hearing anew Feeling Truly Unreservedly Barefacedly ©2008 … Continue reading

December 4, 2008 · Leave a comment

Infringement

Poets are enemies Of the state Of comfortable vegetation Stirring dissent From a well-balanced Diet of Clocking in Clocking out They linger Breaking the zoning Ordinances Of the soul They … Continue reading

November 26, 2008 · Leave a comment

Real

Time is melting in our fingers Hours taper off to niente Over-promised And under-delivered Somedays pass Like telephone poles In the window of a train The mythical star Of Tomorrow … Continue reading

November 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Cold Stone

Cold stone wrought iron Flow my tears Ancient dripping stalactites Coarse wood kneelers Silver goblets Marble fountain pen holders Deliver me from The city of rubber Fluorescent light And processed … Continue reading

November 6, 2008 · 1 Comment

People

People are letters Of the alphabet The crowd forms Random syllables Perfect strangers Pass each other With perfect precision Of prescribed distance And silent indifference But syllables are babbling A … Continue reading

November 6, 2008 · 1 Comment

Resume

Born Don’t recall Where Anywhere but here School A degree of wanting and waiting Work Is holy said my friend Worth Everything to few nothing to most Race Becoming extinct … Continue reading

October 15, 2008 · Leave a comment

But If You Must Fly Away

But if you must fly away Spread your featherless wings Believing The meek shall inherit the Earth The sunbaked fields lie fallow Unbroken horses Wild with defiance Of unharnessed boys … Continue reading

August 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

Twenty Years of Dust

Twenty years of dust Mama never was big on Perfect moments Daddy heard No swelling soundtracks When he looked at her Only raw and earthy Belonging When she held his … Continue reading

June 24, 2008 · Leave a comment

Surge

Out of autumn winds You have woven me Out of pregnant silence You have spoken me You have strung me In a garland of flickers Around your neck I am … Continue reading

May 21, 2008 · 2 Comments

Inspiration

What was the inspiration For the second word In the third stanza? You who grant passage To understanding Through autopsy Of defenseless frogs Observe the tiny lungs Still inflated Against … Continue reading

May 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

Here You Are

What remains At the end of the day But sobering silence Creeping in with sundown As you look around From behind the glass Of your eyes Here you are Concealed … Continue reading

May 4, 2008 · Leave a comment

Timing

Once upon a time Or maybe today Their paths crossed Or maybe they didn’t At the main entrance Or maybe on the fifth floor It was the beginning Or the … Continue reading

May 1, 2008 · Leave a comment
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