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!