Thursday, December 29, 2016

Just a Little Dose of Poetic Commentary

Photo of a Girl on the Beach
by Carmen Gimenez Smith

Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,

a mirror to the front of me
and an ocean behind,

I lay wedged in the middle of daylight,
paper-doll thin, dreaming,

then I vanished. I gave the day a fingerprint,
then forgot.

I sat naked on a towel
on a hot June Monday.

The sun etched the inside of my eyelids,
while a boy dozed at my side.

The smell of all oceans was around us—
steamy salt, shell, and sweat,

but I reached for the distant one.
A tide rose while I slept,

and soon I was alone. Try being
a figure in memory. It’s hollow there.

For truth’s sake, I’ll say she was on a beach
and her eyes were closed.

She was bare in the sand, long,
and the hour took her bit by bit.

I adore this poem.  The parallels of time to the ocean, the metamorphosis of the young girl into something different, something more, until the old is completely undone...gone?

I fell into this piece of writing as if the words, themselves, were a photograph.  An emergence of sorts.  

Perhaps what endeared me most to this piece of work was how well it pulled me back into the oblivion of my own childhood!  The young girl.  The harmless girl whom the world reformed in time, with experience, into perhaps a woman who is gazing back to this innocent time as one looks beyond the peripheral vision of a shoulder glance.  As I read I found myself also looking backward, the picture out of view, but the fact of what once was remained a vision in my head made whole by the memory of these words.

Monday, December 12, 2016

What's on Your Mantle?

I absolutely adored this challenge!  I had so much fun decorating my mantle.  :)

Created for a challenge at Sunday Postcard Art,

Red and Green

Lots of shades of red and green.  I'm in a very 'Christmas' mood this year.

Created for a challenge at Take A Word.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Open Sleigh

I had fun with the idea of the wine bottle in her hand.  I wonder if this constitutes as drunk driving?  Haha.

"It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!"

Created for an art challenge at Digital Whisper.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Little Something For Thursday

I love magnetic poetry, but today I was inspired to do something a little different.

I came across a vintage image of a girl writing on a retro typewriter and wanted to write about it.  So...I just opened Photoshop and began writing across the photo.  Here is my result.  I think I may make this a regular thing as I love old vintage photos and oftentimes find myself inspired by them.

"Girl, Writing"

every morning she assembles herself, black fabric and colorful shadows.  shes loves the earth but covets the stars by the verse of Ginsburg.  she picks daisies and gathers words.  and her heart is a boxcar, it's destination unknown.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Winter Scenery

I think winter is my favorite theme to work with, particularly because of the livid, bright colors I can so freely integrate.  I also really adore the snowy scenes and pale skylight horizons.

"Winter Birds"

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis Carroll

Created for an art challenge at Sunday Postcard Art.

"A December Eve"

“I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops. ” 
― Nikki Giovanni

Created for an art challenge at Digital Whisper.