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Virginia Maria Romero ~ Poet/Artist

Poem ~ “Iktushiwi”


we are creating a living story ….

no beginning

no end

only this moment

All, all storytellers...

with an opportunity

to reach for

and open to

the unknown

blurring lines

of [separation]



Virginia Romero’s poetry contains the living seeds of philosophical thought embedded within the crafted lines of her poems. Two facets of her poetry are evident within the poetic style and expressed meaning. The style holds very close to the 5-7-5 syllable meter of Haiku, which allows for slight variations, as in these poems. The second facet, of meaning, is qualitatively equivalent to Eastern thought, including The Tao, Buddhism, Shaolin Gung Fu, and interestingly enough quantum reality, to name a few.

Realizing one cannot escape from subjective analysis of any art form, my observations of writers and their work does not infer right or wrong, good or bad pertaining to themes, subject matter or personal approach to either of the above. I do not push a perspective or set of values. I state what I believe to be my objective analysis of work. It is up to the reader to decide if the work is to their taste and liking. I would not be showcasing any writer or artist’s work on the blog if I didn’t believe their work was high quality, and worthy of review by the public.

The poem “Iktushiwi” is the basis of my observations concerning style & meaning. I likened both to eastern thought, which would be comparatively true. However, it would be disingenuous to preclude the Native American Spiritualism within the philosophical fold. The spiritual beliefs and practices of Native Americans is rich, and very old, and is not that different than eastern philosophy in practical terms.

The artwork accompanying the poem is testament to the Native American art drawings as seen in the American southwest. The figures usually represent spiritual totems as seen by medicine men or seers, depicted in rock petroglyphs and drawings found throughout the southwest territories where plains Indian tribes lived and roamed.

I find the poem’s philosophical meaning to be divided into two parts. The process, or condition of life itself, and the means of attaining it. As I said earlier, the poem is on firm basis with quantum analysis of reality, as well as mirroring eastern thought. Life is an ongoing process, without beginning and without end. What separates each of us as individuals from process, or Source, is stepping out of process, separating ourselves from Source. Such analytic play can be quite spirited when a good professor of philosophy draws the students into self-defeating traps, simply by “peeling the onion”. How fun to watch. . .


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