Hi Everyone,

This week’s blog is about those feelings and that certain space that doesn’t really have words. I hope some of you enjoy it.

Wishing you a bright and blessed week to come.

Tikarma. xxxx





No words for this feeling.


Like a cooling angst.

A breeze.

Water to tame the fire.


I take a wish, for a falling star.

Drifting upwards.

To lie in the embrace of the moon.



Unexpressed emotions.

Denied a voice.


Like a damp darkness.

A space in no particular place.

Fire, heats water to boiling.

Though I am cooling.

Taking a wish on a falling star.

Drifting upwards.


…Nowhere in particular.

In no particular time.

There is no space that can fill me.

Water quenches the fires’ thirst.

I count every wish for every falling star.




© 2001 Tikarma Vodicka

P.S. On a personal note I’ll be having some minor surgery tomorrow. I’ll only be gone a couple of days, you won’t even know I’m gone.      🙂 As some of you know I’m having some health problems at the moment and this surgery will ensure my surgeon is doing the correct surgery for me so I get back on the road to good health. 🙂


16 thoughts on “Drifting

  1. I love how you wrote this. I love the painting. I hope you get better and quickly. *HUGS* I don’t want to flood you with another email but I think I fixed the problem. Worry about you. You’re more important.



    1. Hi Diana,

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked the poem and image. I wanted to capture the sense of drifitng in the layout of the words. The image is a photoshop painting. My only regret is not making it larger.
      I’m really sorry I wasn’t able to help you more. I’ve just run out time, trying to get to everyone and everything before I have to go to hospital. I’m glad though that you’ve found a solution. I owe you an email so I will reply in a couple of days. I will indeed get better too! I have far too much to do to be held up for too long! 🙂

      You take good care of yourself and I’ll be in touch with you again very soon!

      (((BIG HUGS)))

    1. Hi Jerry,
      My apologies for my tardy response here in the blog. Cataching up with everyone has proved far more time consuming than I planned!
      As you know the surgery went well thank you. 🙂 The realm of personal thoughts always twines itself through my work. 🙂 Sometimes more obviously than others. 🙂
      Thank you very much for reading and your well wishes. They are both deeply appreciated.
      Tikarma. xx

  2. Tikarma, I hope you’re okay. I’ve been through more than my share of health challenges lately, so I’ll repeat what Raymond Redhouse, one of the most important Navajo medicine men, told me after he had conducted a ceremony for me in an effort to help me combat cancer. Raymond went through a terrible period when he was on dialysis and was facing death from injuries sustained after he came home from the Viet Nam War a long time ago. He had to quit teaching Navajo culture at the college where he was our medicine man and retreat to Teec Nos Pos, a small community in the four corners area of the United States. Tom, he told me, if I could survive what I have survived these past two years, you will survive what you are facing. When you look at the sun, the sun shines on you.
    So I tell you Tikarma, as you drift with a wonderful experimental poem, you will survive what you are facing. When you look at the sun, the sun shines on you. You must get well. It is necessary.
    Now to the poem: I first encountered this style of poetry in 1965 in Grand Junction, Colorado where I was attempting college for the first time. It was developed by a friend who was not quite as talented as you are, but a friend anyway, and I was amazed by the effects that could be achieved.
    What you have achieved here is more than what he achieved, though I published some of his work in a small literary magazine I was doing at the time, The Rimrock Poets Magazine. The words and the spaces work effectively together, making a kind of mantra that is more visual than aural, although the aural quality of the words gives the work its power. This seems a style for an artist, so I say, good work!

    1. Hi Thomas,
      Thank you very much for reading and for sharing Raymonds story and what he shared with you. I do deeply appreciate it.
      I’m am well thank you. My surgery went well and I am almost completely healed.
      I was diagnosed 5 months ago with early stage reproductive cancer so I have been vey fatigued and not my best. Because it is very slow growing and the very early stages it is highly treatable. I will not require the lenghty treatments others have to endure or what you have gone through. I will just require surgery. I am due to have a total hysterectomy in a little over 2 weeks. That will take a lot more out of me in the recovery being major surgery but it is a small price to pay in the bigger picture for my health. I have far too much to do to let this get the better of me. It will be the end of 5 years of drama with minor surgeries which have proved ineffective. To that end I’m looking forward to it being over.
      So I also apologise that I’ve not being very into it with the blogging. The fatigue generated makes it hard for me to concentrate and I find myself overwhelmed to easily especially with poems and blog posts that have a high emotional content. So I’ve been more the passive silent reader than an active blogger. This will probably continue because I cannot predict how well I will or won’t do post surgery.
      I will indeed be well and in the not too distant future back to good health! 🙂
      Thank you for your most kind comments on the poem. Sometimes for me words convey more than the basic poetical layout can provide,plus it’s nice to experiment sometimes. I’m very glad you felt the spacing worked and that the poem as a whole was successful for you.
      I’ve seen a bit of work with some poets bending their words into images. Some of it is amazing! I am just touching the edges of it, keeping things varied for myself. 🙂

      Again thank you for sharing your wisdom and experiance and for taking the time out to vist here.
      I hope you yourself are doing well and my best wishes to Ethel, and I hope you continue on a trajectory back to better health.

      Brightest Blessings to you.
      Tikarma. xx

  3. Tikarma,

    I love this – the whole thing – the way you have laid out the words complements the words themselves to create something which just says ‘drifting’


    Now if you were to layer the words on top of the painting at the top then the whole thing would be a work of art which was truely beautiful.

    Just a thought 🙂

    My best wishes to you

    and K’sOTC 🙂

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you very much! You are too kind. I’m so glad though that this poem worked for you and felt the sense of drifting I was trying to describe. 🙂
      As for the image. As I said to Diana above my only regret is not making it larger. It was created specifically for my poetry archive along with many others and being space conscious I made them small. They do suffer in resolution if they are blown up too large. Oh well…. as is often said we can’t have everything. 🙂
      I have seen your recent paintings and poems and they do work so well. The seagulls are still my favourite! 🙂
      Which is exactly why this image would not work with the poem. I talk too much David *LOL*. The words would distract from the image. I’ve found experimenting that I need poems like yours short and sweet otherwise the words overpower the image when overlayed.
      Maybe it is something to work towards. 🙂

      Thank you very much again!
      I am doing well and I hope you are well and taking good care of yourself. You have been in my thoughts.

      (((BSH))) and
      K’sOTC 🙂

  4. Tikarma,

    You have captured the subject of the poem so well that reading it is a mood altering experience–in a good way, for me. It calms, and the easy swing back and forth of the words reminds me of sitting in a gentle rocking chair. I especially love the line about lying in the embrace of the moon. That one made me catch my breath and let it out with a sigh.

    I haven’t been around (cyber speak) much lately. I haven’t kept up with everyone, and I see I have missed some things with you. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and I hope you are soon feeling much better.

    Much love and blessings,

      1. Hi Shirley,

        It’s so lovely to see you about!!
        Thank you so much for your very kind comments. I’m really glad the poem worked for you. I love your comment about feeling like being in a rocking chair. That leaves me with a warm smile. 🙂
        I’m really glad you liked the image too. It makes me realise I should not be so space conscious sometimes and just make these types of images larger. 🙂
        You have been in my thoughts and I hope all has been okay for you. I certainly understand not being able to be around much. I’m rather in and out myself at the moment.
        Thank you for your kind wishes. I’m doing well and am almost fully recovered. I had to have some deep tissue biopsies to confirm the exact nature of what is going with me! *sigh* I have being diagnosed with early stage reproductive cancer (5 months ago) so in a bit over 2 weeks I’ll be having some major surgery but then hopefully I can finally put all this ill health behind me. It really doesn’t suit me. *cheeky grin*.
        I hope you are well in health and of good spirits? Thank you so much again. Seeing you here in my blog again has cheered me immensely.

        With much love and brightest blessing to you

    1. Hi Nike,
      It’s very lovely to see you here again. I’m very glad you enjoyed the poem.
      Thanks for taking the time out to read and visit and for your kind comment and wishes.

      Brightest Blessing to you.
      Tikarma. xx

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