Having been doing a lot of catch up (to where I should’ve been if I’d never gone) after returning, I forgot to put up a link to my Monthly Newsletter yesterday. So now you’re back at the office/gotten over the hangover, you can read it.
Sometimes I think poets go through all the circumstances themselves so they can write about things from a personal perspective.
Outside of prejudice, a place that’s learned
like old wives’ tales, absorbed at parent’s knee
to recognize the ones that should be spurned,
no why, just that’s the way that it should be.
Inside of prejudice, that face is turned,
for reasons I can’t fathom, away from me,
til whispers, giggles stop when I get near
and conversation turns to other things.
I know I am the joke I cannot hear
and my imagination then takes wings
and rises on the heat of latent fear,
the wind that is despair, and all it brings.
Outside of prejudice can see no wrong.
Inside of prejudice I don’t belong.
One of the galleries I work with, Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley, is on a mission to create a Veteran Artists Cooperative. Rick’s ultimate hope is to create a Museum of Veteran Art in Southern California – but the cooperative is a good place to start. It would be wonderful if you feel you can contribute a few dollars to the project. Or if you are willing to share this to others who might.
My friend and neighbor Bob and I usually get into some kind of philosophical discussion over dinner. He usually comes to dinner on Mondays but he’s snowbirding at the moment so I get a few months off from trying to cook the healthy stuff he needs to eat. A few weeks ago he was talking about visiting the graves of friends and relatives who have gone on to the next plane. He said “I know they’re not there, but it’s like the last place they were, and it helps me to focus on ‘visiting’ with them.” We both knew a sonnet was inevitable from that conversation.
Standing at your grave
Standing at your grave, you are not here.
Though bone or ash remains, your spirit’s flown;
and yet I came to visit one who’s dear
but taken flight. This, your departure lounge,
a hollow hall where I can stand and wave
and visit memories you left behind.
It’s mostly when I stand here at your grave
the things you were come easily to mind
for me. I know you wait ahead
with your side of the story that we are.
I’ll finish mine and see you when I’m dead,
where there’s no time and distances aren’t far
But now, beside your grave, I miss your face
and wish somehow you were here in this place.
Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors. I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints. I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band. The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD. So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.
The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other. I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.
I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.
We don’t know how to get from A to B,
the roads are blocked, the way through is unclear
.The truck in front blocks signs we need to see
,we take wrong turns trying to get out of here
but muddle through, then find the metaphor
for life – journey without a decent map.
The scenic route that lacks a guided tour.
Don’t know if we’ll arrive without mishap
or even know when we’ve arrived at all.
Our end point might just feel like we’re waylaid
and each attempt at progress we will fall
until we realize this is where we aged.
There’s no set path for anything we do
For most things, we’ll just have to muddle through.
I now have quite a few products available on Society6.com – and until May 19th, I have a free-shipping promo link. Just in case you wanted to get a tshirt or something. They have loads of stuff – clocks, towels, iphone covers, shower curtains, in addition to lots of options on reproductions for the wall.
Here’s the FREE SHIPPING link.
If you have a favorite painting that I haven’t yet put up on Society6 and you would like to order something with that image, let me know. If I have a decent image, I can upload it reasonably quickly.