“First you hear the words and they are like all other words, ordinary, breathing out of lips, moving toward you in a straight line. Later they shatter and rearrange themselves. They spell something else hidden in the muscles of the face, something the throat wanted to say.” -Ruth Stone
I decided to create a visual journal for my poems. So I purchased this 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Hand~book journal:
First I drew an image with my colored pencils and after it dried, I painted a thin layer of acrylic white titanium thinned with acrylic glazing liquid and a small amount of acrylic ground for pastel. The ground makes it easier to write on. And after all that dried, I wrote my poem on top of the image with a Faber Castell Pitt artist pen.
I’ve only done three pages so far. I’ve also added a tab/page at the top of my blog that now includes all of my poems. I am really enjoying writing poetry. I read an amazing book a couple of years ago that (re)lit the writing fire for me: PoemCrazy by Susan Wooldridge. If you love poetry and have even the slightest desire to write, this book will get you started.
Usually I will hear or see a phrase – just a couple of words strung together – that move me. I jot those down in a notebook, twirl them around in my head for a couple of days and then the poem begins to take shape. I begin to write, but it takes days as I work and rework it until I am expressing the idea with as few words as possible. I’m a talker and use too many words most of the time. Writing poetry and paring down is extreme discipline for me. Once the phrase takes hold though, it haunts me until I can express it.
“The brain appears to posses a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us that makes our lives beautiful.” Milan Kundera
We are moving along with our enclosed raised bed garden. Bob has finally finished the framing. The irrigation is also in place. We now need to add the chicken wire and the gates. And of course then build the raised beds. This has taken longer than we anticipated. It has rained or we’ve travelled or had company every weekend since we started. I’m also scheduled to begin classes in September for earning a Master Gardener status. The GA extension service teaches the class. After attaining the title, I will then need to provide annual volunteer hours in the community to maintain my status. The Master Gardeners teach, help build gardens, run the Ellijay Farmers Market and many other activities. I’m really looking forward to the classes!
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton