Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wings for the Lost ones

On this night
on the eve of a day of remembrance.
I think of Doug
and his wild art,
The size of garage doors
and full of vibrant life,
bursting from the bricks
of his studio.
For Lyle Jean,
his soft southern drawl
and his wicked sense of humor,
his life ended in a whisper.
And for the last one I lost to Aids.
A three year old boy in foster care
I knew his mother , a nurse
who cared for this abandoned baby
filling his short life with laughter, joy,
and love in spite of pain.
His last words, "Mommy, I figured it out".
We celebrated him with pizza and balloons
set free on a spring day.

Friday, November 28, 2008

putting away fall

Living now where there is not such a dramatic change of seasons

I feel very weird putting up x-mas decos when it's 75 degrees

ah well - packing up the fallish things - I liked these bits.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fool the Bird

This is a photo of a card I made for a Craft show- The rusty bird cage lives on my sisters' back porch- and the little cut out bird is from a vintage German Primer- It took me a long time to be able to use/ cut up a books for collage projects- but now I'm ok with it. I managed silence the screams of my inner librarian and set the words free in a different way.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Time At Sea

Collage in process- inspired by site link below- I'm working very hard to develop daily journal habit- this was fun space with many ideas to kick start the process- I'm working on a re-purposed box - with gesso and tissue- thinking I'll put these pieces in 3-d style with other found objects-

Friday, November 21, 2008

Time Piece

At what point

does the present

become the past?

Every breath

each blink.

We count the heartbeats

that become hours.

We travel through time

Every moment

we turn.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

To Grandmothers House We Go

I Remember

Driving all night

Through the Kansas

Dark thick with stars

You could still almost touch

the Milky Way

From the frosty

Backseat windows

Radio voices full

of farm reports

As we drifted home

Monday, November 17, 2008

Garage Sale

I stopped at the sign at the end of the road,
The items scattered as if they had been thrown
out in a fit.
The things we keep and the things we leave behind.
Reminders we keep to say , I was there , this is me, this is mine.
Belongings- lost by love
or some other force of nature.
Laying in the rain
In front of the sad house
The empty chair, the warping books, the houseplants
all tamed by some others hands-
not mine-
I can't afford any more memories today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Above Mesa Verde

Fog is the Sky dreaming

Today I'm thinking of then

And how it felt,

to look down on the silver clouds.

The edge of the mesa

The sage singing in the morning

Floating between the worlds

The Sun drifts in

To remind me

To keep my feet on the Earth

Monday, November 10, 2008

All We Are

All we are, that

discreet fold of lavender

The pulse of thought

The striving- hopes, dreams

wish- the smell of autumn

The brush of cats velvet

All hidden, the number of

our days

Journal Page Two-

The Day I met the Witches' daughter

She smiled with bright even teeth

and ate my rice cooked with lemons

that tasted like the beach

She told me her mother was recovering

Recovering from a curse

And had a minor surgery to remove

a small horse from her neck

The horse was made of leather

and had thorns in its eyes

they had been sewn shut

She told me the word in her language meant

to have one foot in the grave, was to be pregnant.

All night long I could dream of nothing else,

but horses with red ribbons,

where their eyes should be.

And how my sons face would look

when he was born.

Journal Page One

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I can say why,

In four languages,

but never you answer.

Today I washed the sheets,

and put away the pictures.

Burned the sweetgrass,

and scattered the wildflowers.

One more thing,

that makes you a

memory to me.