Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam!, 1963


in the midst of constant multi-tasking, you stab unity.

limitless mythologies.
battle lines redefined.
set in a destructive path,
tremendous tremors
in the seat of your pants.

new density patterns are exemplified with complexity.

flashing shapes,
spatial dynamic swirls,
organize in technicolor.

contractual textures machines take you into darkness.

busy angels guard you silently.
you scream and pray
as you head deeper
into an inescapable hell.

the song drones on. you shatter. shatter. shatter.


Written and Posted for:

dVerse Poetics–Pop Art.  Victoria Ceretto-Slotto challenged us to write about Pop Art.

Also Posted on:

Come fly with me  –  Prompt # 139

Also Posted on:

challenge – “action”

Picture Credit Tate Museum.

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on October 1, 2011, in Carry On Tuesday, D’verse Poets Pub, http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/, Poetry, Sunday Scribblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. nice like the fast and loose with the imagery…kinda abstract…i like and the echo in the last line carries a bit of a haunting…

  2. I’m likin’ your posts more and more. Excellent presentation in a modern pop artish way. Liked the form, like work and word choices. A hip voice that’s cool and relaxing. Nice read and write.


  3. When media is on the prowl that is when the battle lines are drawn! Very descriptive!

    • I wasn’t thinking of that at all, I was thinking of fighter pilots and comic book heroes. But it’s cool that you came up with a whole new meaning. I love when that happens.

  4. This feels like a pop art kaleidoscope with sound effects. I was thinking while i read it that it was very graphic. Then I read your explanation in the comment above and thought, no wonder.

  5. Biff Bam Bop! I love the different place your words take me. Thanks

  6. Love your take on the prompt…thanks…
    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  7. Great poem – love the rhythms and the sound of the poem

  8. Really nice write. Love the words but really love the way you arranged the page:) Excellent, thanks for the read

  9. shatter – shatter – shatter —whaam!
    well played on the pic and beyond tammy

  10. You got me thinking. Great!

  11. I liked the computer game-like images here.

  12. You identified something about pop art – it not only reduces, it tries to destroy as it reduces. Good poem, Zongrik.

  13. Wow, Bat-Ami. You really drive it home. So many of those artists did seem to crash and burn.

    Lichtenstein’s work got to me, since everyday, here in Reno, we’re still reading about the event at the air races a couple of weeks ago. People still in the hospital and witness accounts still flowing.

    Thanks for joining us.

  14. i love reading comics when I was growing up.. these lines give your poem sound effects:

    you shatter. shatter. shatter.

  15. Tremendous tremors in the seat of your pants. Wham!

  16. I love comic books and the onomatopoeic action. You’ve brought it to this verse wonderfully.


  17. I like this poem. Very wild & abstract. You can look at it so many different ways. #KeepWritingPoet

  18. Of course you would pick an aeronautics comic and most of the art in
    comics is quite accomplished. Well written description of the art work
    and metaphors to head deeper and your imagination is really
    stimulated here. Fun read thanks!

  19. Jithin Bhagavati Kalam (@jithin_bk)

    Felt like this work conveyed a lot more than words. In short, its awesome! Keep going!

  20. This really answered my drawback, thank you!

  21. you shatter..shatter will stick with me..what a jarring and brilliant write..Jae

  22. Love the imagery!

  23. You’ve captured the feel of the cockpit aperfectly.

  24. PERFECTLY. I’ve got typo demons today.

  25. Kahlil Gibran: “He who requires urging to do a noble act will never accomplish it.”

  26. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

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