Guest Post: Art & Poetry By Mel Bikowski

"Becoming One with the Mountain" 28x30inch. Unframed on Bristol Paper-Acrylic Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2015 Mel: When I started painting this, I had just finished a meditation out in the park. I felt a deep urge to climb to the top of a mountain and stare out into the horizon. The Mountains formed onto the paper and as I kept painting this landscape, the energy I felt of the ancient dance of the wind melted into my art. When I stopped, I smiled because this is the best way for me to share what I feel as a sentient being at this time on this planet. The mountains are always calling me.

"Becoming One with the Mountain" 28x30inch. Unframed on Bristol Paper-Acrylic
Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2015

Mel: When I started painting this, I had just finished a meditation out in the park. I felt a deep urge to climb to the top of a mountain and stare out into the horizon. The Mountains formed onto the paper and as I kept painting this landscape, the energy I felt of the ancient dance of the wind melted into my art. When I stopped, I smiled because this is the best way for me to share what I feel as a sentient being at this time on this planet. The mountains are always calling me.

 

Surprise

I submitted some poetry to a magazine.
The submission requirements are 3 to 5 poems
& an apology for not being able to pay me
& also gratitude for choosing them
for giving them my words & credentials.


The editor sent back that my poems weren’t their style of internet.
The editor also sent back that I should probably read my poems out loud.
I chuckled and ate another peanut butter cup.
Took out my Iphone
& replied back with a video of myself reading my poems.
Take that editor.


Surprise.
They didn’t publish that either.

 

"Kodamas" 18x24inch Acrylic on Canvas Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2016 Mel: This painting was on display in the Del Ray Artisan Art Gallery in Alexandria for the "March Melee" Show in March 2016. The painting was created during my #365daysofart challenge on Day 28 of the project. It is inspired by my love for Princess Mononoke and the message behind taking care of our Mother Earth.

"Kodamas" 18x24inch Acrylic on Canvas
Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2016

Mel: This painting was on display in the Del Ray Artisan Art Gallery in Alexandria for the "March Melee" Show in March 2016. The painting was created during my #365daysofart challenge on Day 28 of the project. It is inspired by my love for Princess Mononoke and the message behind taking care of our Mother Earth.

 

Dancing Like Bees

Reality check amidst–
I’m standing in a warehouse
deep in the undergrounds of DC.
Lights off; beings are but shadows–
They don’t care about my haircut.
They don’t care about my sparkle-fide clutch.

It’s music.
Just music.

Speakers burst with the DJ’s Motown sampled remixes.
Words pounding my chest—
Veins; running like stamped cards late for the blue line.
I throw my clutch on the ground.
Funk grooves with foreign feelings of remorse
but I’m not here to think.

It’s music.
Just. Music.

90’s electronica over some tribal drums.
I am here to be myself.
and everyone feels good.
and everyyyyyonnneeeeee feeeeeellssss gooooddd
A lightbulb flickers; a zigzag meteor storm;
A highlighter across a puzzle of craterous pupils.

It’s dance music.
Just music.

My ex-fiancee texts me, “Do you still love me?”
Like the echo of the last drumbeat,
my feet patter to the bathroom & I throw up
a love demon crying to the sewers of our Capitol.
The white noise are rats screaming
as the bassline shakes the stall; disguise for my detox.

I gotta thank God.
I’m here for the music.
Just music.

 

"Rose Garden" 16x20inch Acrylic on Canvas Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2015 Mel: I completed this painting after a long meditation on New Year's Eve before the first of the year 2016. This painting is a representation and symbol of where I stood in mind, body, and spirit on that day. The painting is inspired by the meditation and the empowerment of the female energy.

"Rose Garden" 16x20inch Acrylic on Canvas
Original Painting by Mel Bikowski from 2015

Mel: I completed this painting after a long meditation on New Year's Eve before the first of the year 2016. This painting is a representation and symbol of where I stood in mind, body, and spirit on that day. The painting is inspired by the meditation and the empowerment of the female energy.

 

Alone

Have you ever sat so still that you could count the snowflakes?
One snowflake, two, three, four, and it's a blizzard.

that will melt away suddenly when the sun wakes.
In the morning,

I am alone sitting on my porch.
The brush holds promise of birds and chipmunks,
who will give themselves back to the world;
The dirt.

I alone hold my feet in the dirt.
The moisture of a past rain is a gift from the sky.
A reminder of travels to the salty surf
Where I flung my naked body into the ocean—
Freeing of the density of responsibility
Where I alone will swim out into the infinite
And my heart will carry me back to the shore-
Cleansed and Spent.

I alone am a star from the midnight sky.
An early morning caller of the moon—
Freely lifting my spirits to the clouds
Thinking of the howls of the wolves
Who speak of the pining of muses-
Their prey.

I alone am all animals; the bear, tiger, flamingo, rabbit, butterfly, parrot, crocodile, shark, honey, badger
Who does not give a fuck.
Stomping my feet to the drumbeat of a Techno DJ
Never dancing too far from having an open heart.
Alone.
I am a wild woman.
Returning to sit on my porch
To look up at the sky.
There is an empty Space.
Vast and Luminous.
I bow.
Thank you for holding me in place, today.

A version of this was originally published in Quail Bell Magazine

 

"Somewhere where Love is Like Breathing" 16x20inch Acrylic, Hot Glue, and Rope on Canvas
Mixed Media Original Painting by Mel Bikowski 2016

Mel: This painting is inspired by the song "Take Me Away" by John Legend. The Graffiti Roses are submersed in the shapes and colors of an urban garden landscape. This painting is inspired by the femininity that the city can still wear even under the harshness that is concrete and the urban landscape.   

 

The World Needs Flowers

This is a poem to remember
The way we felt when you surrendered
to the word Push.
& into the Light
You Pushed.

Certainly, the sky will remember
the way it felt when you came into this world.
Wintery Snowflakes danced on the souls of trees.
Television Weathermen pacing the green screen
Warning of Frozen Blizzards named Pandora
& if today is what they threatened about opening the box,
I say mankind should find some time for uncertainty.

I wrote this poem impulsively,
quickly scratching lines onto post it notes
and fast food hospital napkins
leaving ink stains of wisdom
near the ink stains of baby records
so that we could remember this time
nurses and doctors
& you could remember the way you felt
rooting to find food
stethoscope filled with heartbeats
wriggling on Mommy's chest
dreaming--

Your Daddy wraps you in blankets
and walks around with you--
A bouquet of Flowers.

This is a poem to remember
Your first week of life
You've bloomed so much.
& bloom, child.
We created you to sprout--
the world needs flowers like you.

A version of this was originally published in GERM Magazine

 

Mel Bikowski: She is one with the many face God. She wears many faces in this life. Poet, Mom, Wife, Artist, Dancer, Traveler, Hiker. Friend, Lover. She has poems published in Elephant Journal, GERM Magazine, and Quail Bell Magazine. Her Abstract paintings can be found on her website along with personal realizations, meditations, journal entries, and a frame of her life in Alexandria, VA. Her Website: www.melbikowski.com