September 2023




The Art of David Wiley


Omo River Pilgrim


To start from the source

and not from the mouth

is an instinct of the worshipper,

the traveler intent on something more

than cinematic tableaux

plunging one after another

into the mind's eye

to feed the soul's hunger

for fascinating pointless dreams.


He starts in the miniscule emptiness,

a reverse image of Chaos,

having loved too much

or not enough.

And down from the mountain

follows the stream,

gaining momentum and tumult,

marching toward the right place

to embark upon the water itself.


The distant wailing of the sea

beyond the ocean-bred acacia plains,

behind the vaporous rising sun

(a veil slowly lifted from the green

sleeping savannah, from the demon

jungle's face)

marks the pilgrim's daylong chant

in the rhythm of his walk.


Remembering the myths of childhood

and the myths of maturity,

knowing that the fatal books are

buried forever, he owes his journey

to the sun

and his yearning for it to the darkness.


The river is his music

and his path,

his distant fanfare

announcing the gates of Habashat,

where all good pilgrims, poets,

lovers and saints

have stopped to rest

and listen to the babble of Eternity.

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Lissa Tyler Renaud

David Wiley painter-poet: graduate of U. Kansas; studied at Mexico City College and with artist Ignacio Belen in Barcelona. Widely traveled, he exhibits throughout California and abroad. Wiley has published two volumes of poetry: Designs for a Utopian Zoo (1992) and The Face of Creation (1996). Since 2005, Wiley has received large mural commissions in Arizona, Mexico and California. Wiley is a longtime contributor to Scene4: paintings, poems, meditations on art, creative non-fiction.
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