BC: S H A D Y L A D Y c. Corinne Whitaker 2015 www.giraffe.com firstname.lastname@example.org all rights reserved
1: S H A D Y L A D Y Corinne Whitaker
2: I chased her down streets Through chronic alleyways Past come-hither byways (like bittersweet chocolate treats).
4: I searched for her In the avenues of Memory In the twisted yaws of History In the writhing shapes of Fantasy.
6: I promised her Ineluctable rewards Infinite glories Vast caverns of rapture.
8: If I were To capture Her Would I change? Would the abduction alter The DNA of desire?
10: Or would the tortuous journey Itself Unwrap the why.
12: I always thought That Why Not Held the graspless keys.
14: Why Not opened Immensities Of lavish Ravishments.
16: Why, Timid, lustless, lily-limbed Why, Whining, crooked-legged Y Tempted me Not.
18: Why Not, I queried her? Why Not Fold into my exuberance Tumble into the lap Of my yearning.
20: I am learning To blast At last.
22: You will never find me, Bind me, Said she.
24: You will fail Fall down Like ashes, ashes Ringed around with posings.
26: Failure is An other-than An also ran An Edsel man.
28: Success says I did.
30: Success hid Among the rushes Of doubt.
32: Come out. Come out. Wherever you are.
34: And she came Too late The blind date That came too late The Shady Lady With stumbling gait.
36: Her name? That dying flame That crushed ember of Lame acclaim.
38: Absence of joyance Instance of hindrance Essence of silence.
40: That Shady Lady? Her name Is Fame.
42: List of Images I chased...Look Who's Coming to Dinner I searched...Divertimento I promised...At Leisure If I were...Pink Pops Would I change...Once I Was Human Or would...The Why of Life I always thought...Winging It Why Not opened...Noah Why...Chit Chat Why Not, I queried...Pink Perignon I am learning...Red Triumph
43: List of Images (continued) You will...Seeing Yesterday, Seeing Tomorrow You will fail...Postmordial Failure is...The Body Unglued Success...Zen on a Turbulent Sunday Success hid...Dancing in the Wind Come out...Interiors And she came...Arroganza Her name...Disappearance of the Maya Absence...Jungle Delirium That Shady...Mystery of She Back cover...If Only We Could See
45: This book is dedicated to all of you, to all of us, to everyone who has struggled to make their voices heard. To every Steve Jobs who wants to make a dent in the world, to the deniZENs who want to retreat from the ugliness. To the young who dream. To the eager who yearn. To those who feel discouragement, those who need encouragement, those who fear engagement. After a tumultuous 81 years, after multiple exhibitions world-wide, 34 years in the digital realm, 21 years of web publication, 13 books of digital poetry and painting, 4 catalogs of evolutionary creatures, the Digital Giraffe is still carving out digital adventures. You can too.