Monthly Archives: January 2014

Invitation

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Here is an event invitation for Sweet 116.

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The Soul at Last

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Spirit 2007 by Drea Jensen Thinning of the veils between worlds is the feeling invoked in this painting. The spirit behind the universe comes through. http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/spirit-2007-drea-jensen.html

Spirit 2007 by Drea Jensen
Thinning of the veils between worlds is the feeling invoked in this painting. The spirit behind the universe comes through.
http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/spirit-2007-drea-jensen.html

The Soul at Last

By Mary Oliver 

The Lord’s terrifying kindness has come to me.

It was only a small silvery thing-say a piece of silver cloth, or a thousand spider webs woven together, or a small handful of aspen leaves, with their silver backs shimmering. And it came leaping out of the closed coffin; it flew into the air, it danced snappingly around the church rafters, it vanished through the ceiling.

I spoke there, briefly, of the loved one gone. I gazed at the people in the pews, some of them weeping. I knew I must someday, write this down.

Lightning of Years

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Curiosity 2012 by Drea Jensen Remember the importance and value of innovative creativity.  http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/curiosity-2012-drea-jensen.html

Curiosity 2012 by Drea Jensen
Remember the importance and value of innovative creativity.
http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/curiosity-2012-drea-jensen.html

In Praise of Craziness, of a Certain Kind

By Mary Oliver 

On cold evenings

My grandmother,

With ownership of half her mind-

The other half having flown back to Bohemia

 

Spread newspapers over the porch floor

So, she said, the garden ants could crawl

As under a blanket, and keep warm,

 

And what shall I wish for myself,

But, being so struck by the lightning of years,

To be like her with what is left, that loving.

Deliverance from Time

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Mosaic 2012 by Drea Jensen Even the most different of things, shape, size, etc, can come together to form something beautiful. http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/mosaic-2012-drea-jensen.html

Mosaic 2012 by Drea Jensen
Even the most different of things, shape, size, etc, can come together to form something beautiful.
http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/mosaic-2012-drea-jensen.html

Circles

By Mary Oliver

In the morning the blue heron is busy

stepping, slowly, around the edge of the

pond. He is tall and shining. His wings, folded

against his body, fit so neatly they

make of him, when he lifts his shoulders and begins to rise

into the air, a great surprise. Also

he carries so light the terrible sword-beak. Then

he is gone over the trees.

I am so happy to be alive in this world

I would like to live forever, but I am

content not to. Seeing what I have seen

has filled me; believing what I believe

has filled me.

The first words of this page are

hardly thought of when the bird

circles back over the trees; it floats down

like an armful of blue flowers, a bundle of light

coming to refresh itself again in the black water, and I think:

maybe it is or it isn’t the same bird-maybe it’s

the first one’s child, or the child of its child.

What I mean is, our deliverance from Time

and the continuance, if we only steward them well,

of earthly things. So maybe it’s myself still standing here, or

someone else, like myself hot with the joy of this world, and

filled with praise.

The Stars Sing

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Trinity 2012 by Drea Jensen The space that lies between objects is often just as interesting as the objects themselves, just like the journey can be better than the destination. http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/trinity-2012-drea-jensen.html

Trinity 2012 by Drea Jensen
The space that lies between objects is often just as interesting as the objects themselves, just like the journey can be better than the destination.
http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/trinity-2012-drea-jensen.html

This World

By Mary Oliver

I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it

nothing fancy.

But it seems impossible.

Whatever the subject, the morning sun

glimmers it.

The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open and becomes a star.

The ants bore into the peony bud and there is a dark

pinprick well of sweetness.

As for the stones on the beach, forget it.

Each one could be set in gold.

So I tried with my eyes shut, but of course the birds

were singing.

And the aspen trees were shaking the sweetest music

out of their leaves.

And that was followed by, guess what, a momentous and

beautiful silence

as comes to all of us, in little earfuls, if we’re not too

hurried to hear it.

As for spiders, how the dew hangs in their webs

even if they say nothing, or seem to say nothing.

So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe they sing.

So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe the stars sing too,

and the ants, and the peonies, and the warm stones,

so happy to be where they are, on the beach, instead of being

locked up in gold.

 

Beyond Sorrow

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Resonance 2013 by Drea Jensen It is important to remember that though a change may seem small and insignificant, in can have a large and powerful impact and result. http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/resonance-2013-drea-jensen.html

Resonance 2013 by Drea Jensen
It is important to remember that though a change may seem small and insignificant,
it can have a large and powerful impact and result.
http://dreajensengallery.artistwebsites.com/featured/resonance-2013-drea-jensen.html

Over the Hill She Came

By Mary Oliver

Over the hill she came, her long legs very scarcely

touching the ground, the cups of her ears listening, with obvious pleasure,

to the wind as it stroked the dark arms of the pines;

once or twice she lingered and browsed some moist patch

of half-wrapped leaves, then came along to where I was-or nearly-

and then, among the thousand bodies of the trees, their splashes of light and their shadows, she was gone;

and I, who was heavy that day with thoughts as small as my whole life would ever be, and especially

compared to the thousand shining trees, gave thanks to whatever sent her in my direction that I might see, and strive to be,

as clearly she was, beyond sorrow, soft-lipped angel walking on air.