Thursday, December 24, 2009

62 days of gratitude on the wall...

i know it is
my own
shortcoming

we all fall short
of
our potential

i can't
seem
to help
but respond
viscerally
to other's words
thoughts
expressions

and, oh
yesterday...

i read a post
that had me
so rattled

belly churning
running for
the ginger tea
to smooth
tummy and nerves

wondering
resolved
resigned

wishing for the
humility
to not take things
personally


for the words
to express
the other side

and then the
pendulum swung
as our bard
poet
songbird
sounded

(as did
angel gavriel
the messenger
whose name translates as
'the source of all power
makes me man-like...
has made me
appear in the flesh')

depth
beneath
a veil
of words

the pendulum swings
the balance strikes
the messenger sounds

our poet's
beautiful words
wondrous expression

thank you







Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

64 days of gratitude on the wall...

on you mark...
i haveItalic
been
thankfully
busily preparing
it's the holiday season
just beginning
to understand
the holiday rush
six months ago
newly layed-off
i never
would have imagined
people would
come to me
for my work
on a break
i dropped in to the
local
florist
for a birthday bouquet
and got the
most exqusite arrangement
beautiful simple modern vase
purple ornamental cabbage
giant lilies
berries
ranunculus
for a song
when i asked
why?
the proprietess
who opened her shop
a few months ago
giving wings to her dream
said
nobody's buying
my heart sank
and
ever since
i have not been able
to get her
out of my mind
the present attention
to my work
so very much due
to the support
of neighbors
both of the stores
carrying my art
pointed toward me by
neighbors
this day before
the true
holiday rush begins
i want to pose to you
a challenge
get set...
this year
instead of finding gifts
online
or at target
or walmart
find your local craft market
or the independent store
still family owned
buy there
shop online
then find your
local supplier
buy there
shop on etsyItalic
find a hundred things you love
that'll be easy!
then edit your list down
to the artists who
live down the way
buy from your
neighbor
get you
veggies
at the
farmer's market
Italic
they say
every dollar spent
locally
circulates
seven more timesItalic
before leaving the neighborhood
keeping
local people employed
would
loosen the
stranglehold
this recession has on the
nation
how joyful
or peaceful
will the holiday be
when you step out
to see
the family-owned
market
pharmacy
printer's
has closed?
what kind of
holiday
will it be if
i step out
and see a
for rent
sign on the florist shop window?
spend your
hard earned money
locally
it will come back to you
i promise
it may save
the roof
over your head
tomorrow
as you sit down to sup
with family
tell them to
try
post about it
or
share this post
we all know someone
who has
closed a business
lost a job
lost a home
reign in
your resources
support your neighbors
and
better your own chances
at continuing to live
with the
luxuries with which we
are blessed
you up for the
challenge?
put on you running shoes
get in a good
pre-game stretch
and
go!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

66 days of gratitude on the wall...

sweet hallows eve
brings out the
true nature
in all of us

the veil lifts
and we walk
side by side
with those
on
the other side

all facets
a possibility

those which
the children
chose to put
on display for
this night?

my prince
'the real kind.
the kind who
fight for their country'.


fierce warrior


and gentle giant


and the peanut?
a witch

'a good witch,
but i LOOK
like a bad witch'.

i can't imagine
where she gets
that


she doesn't look
so bad to me



at the
last minute
she asked
if she could wear
cat ears
too

happy happy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

67 days of gratitude on the wall....

i'll be honest

part
of me
wants to
retaliate with
a string of
machine gun fired
accusations

assumptions
blind
deaf
opinionated
opinions

to tell folks
exactly
what i think
about their

musings
thoughts
blathering

about their
rants

the other
part of me
understands
we are all
frustrated

although it
is not easy
to hold my tongue
i will
because

i don't know you

but it's clear
that you
misunderstood

please
hear me speak to
addiction
compassion

hear me use phrases
like
my guess i imagine i would think

please
think
before you tell me
what i cannot
or
should not
assume

and then
assume
to know about
my
dance with
addiction
parenthood
or
someone else's
education
resources
demise

please think
before you curse
as you speak
at me
with profound
condescension

perhaps
i am not
the one
who didn't
stop to think?

egos
blown out of
all reasonable
proportion

we
want
to be heard

we
need
to be
respected

the
human family
wouldn't be
the same without
you or me

this
i will
remember

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

68 days of gratitude on the wall vs corner view...

of course
water

talk about a
corner view

water may
not have any
real
corners

but look

look at how she
dances and shifts

kissing a strawberry
as softly
as she does a
Stonewall


or a
summer house

or a
young boy's dreams





water is
our life
and our breath













for more
visit jane

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

69 days of gratitude on the wall...


when i
arrived
in this hood

i was greeted
regularly
with a
hey, elissa!

i'd turn around
and a quick
oh
i'm sorry
i thought you were...
would follow

it was
and still is
the
highest compliment
to be mistaken
for her

she
is
brilliant
talented
compassionate
and
darn right
neighborly

and she's posted
an interview with me
here

thanks
neighbor

70 days of gratitude on the wall vs corner view...

at first
i thought
i would write
about
traveling the world

then i thought
perhaps
i should honor
the memory of
my daddy

who
each year
on his birthday
or christmas
asked for
peace
in the world

then i thought
what if
each of us who
share our
lovely
corner view

took a
step back
from
our corner ?

or maybe
a step
forward

we might see
something
very different

dirty dishes?
unpaid bills?
broken hearts?

a woman
i love

a childhood friend
a baker of beautiful cakes
a 'blogger'

who
makes me laugh
and
shares with me
her little corner

took
one
small
step


and perhaps
uncovered the key
to my daddy's dream
and mine

i think
perhaps
one small step
away from my corner
could be
as they say

one
giant leap
for
mankind

after
the sort of
shift
laura made

one might feel
a tad less fear
to think of
realizing
their dream

and we all
might find ourselves
a tad bit closer
to
realizing
my daddy's

so what is
the key?

i will
hand you a tissue
take a step back
and let
roger
tell you

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

71 days of gratitude on the wall...

i sit
staring
at the screen
trying to
compose
a reply

my head drops
as the river pours
from my eyes

again
i feel the delicate wings
fold around me

gentle
without denial

and in a
split second
through the speakers
come the
words of wisdom

child,
let it be

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

73 days of gratitude on the wall vs corner views...

look
at what came
in the mail


a thank you
from our blessed
ms moon


how beautiful she is
next to the collage i made
years ago

a postage stamp
i pulled off a love letter

together
two mothers
in prayer
or reverie
or meditation

call it what you will

how perfect she is
on the mantle


and when they
catch the spirit



eyes downcast
not for weakness
nor shame
or
subservience

but introspection
humility

today
i have been pacing
working
considering
thinking

i have taken offense
at peoples words
comments
opinions
assumptions
that

people who believe
in scriptures that are
holy to me
must be brainwashed

or
if i am of a differing opinion
i must be
paying attention to the
wrong voices

or
perhaps i
simply
don't understand

but i look at the
heavy lids
of this
blessed mother

and
i
know

she cares not
whether you call her
the virgin of guadalupe
patchamama
lakshmi
lilith
eve
kali
branwen
ala
amaterasu
coatlicue
fatimah
or
baba yaga

she knows
who she is

as i know
that
i am a mother
as are you

we are
The Mother

and

whether you
light a candle
or
pray
the rosary
or
chant
ohm
mane padme
ohm
or
blog


i still love you
all

for more
corner views
visit jane

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

74 days of gratitude on the wall...

at least
today
we are overwhelmed with
the kind of gnomes


and the kind of mice


that don't eat
all your treats
or line their winter homes with
one
of your best
comfiest
wool socks

and for
that
i am grateful

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

76 days of gratitude on the wall...


hangtags
on my artwork
boast a sketch of
a dandelion

befeathered seeds
scatter
on the wind

it seems
one of those seeds
has landed

in the most
magical
of places

acorn toys

the dragon boat
mobile

and the swan boat
mobile


if you're in
brooklyn
swing by and tell them
adrienne
sent you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

78 days of gratitude on the wall...

what a piece of work is man
how noble in reason
how infinite in faculty
in form and moving
how express and admirable
in action how like an angel
in apprehension how like a god
the beauty of the world
the paragon of animals...

this is where
hamlet and i
part ways

there are times when
the human spirit touches me
in so deep a place
that although i know i shall
return to dust

i cannot believe us to be
the quintessence of dust
and 'man'
delights me so

have you seen
this?
if you haven't
go
now
bear witness to

le coup

phillipe petit
weaves a spider's web
between those towers
and
walks on a cloud

http://www.blondinmemorialtrust.com/photos/Philippe-Petit-WorldTradeCentre1974.jpg

afterward he said
when i see three oranges i juggle
when I see two towers i walk

and when i saw
phillipe walk

i sewed

petite philippe

and in honor of
the woman who walked
by his side


petite annie



may we all
wake to our dream
and
walk on a cloud