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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

For Real Toads: objects of reflection

The lamp beside my desk,
Kay Davies, photo.

Ella's challenge for today:
Art of Assemblage

For the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Ella tells us about a book she just read, by poet/artist Annie Lockhart who builds collages of found materials she calls "Objects of Reflection"
Ella asks us to look around us, to see the things we love, the things we collect, the things with which we live, and to use them as inspiration for a poem, as Annie Lockhart does with her art.
It took me a long time today, as I wasn't feeling well. I was feeling quite gloomy, in fact, until bits of light found their way through the blinds on my new window, and fell on the lampshade which I have tilted over my desk, then fell onto the wall, like a little river of brightness.

*

at my desk
*
above the lamp—
a gift from a friend to the west;
below the lamp—
a gift from a friend to the east;
onto the lamp—
light from my bright new window
spills onto the shade,
then onto the wall.
some days
I see these things
without smiling;
some days
I think of friends
but am lonely.
how dare I?
I, who have
friends:
I, who have
light.

16 comments:

Ella said...

I enjoyed your view! It is good to see things with fresh eyes,as you did with the river of light~ I hope your feel better! Thanks for playing even though I know you aren't your best today~ Hope Lindy fairs well with the bath! I like your plan and hope all goes well~ (((hugs)))

Jidhu Jose said...

nice lines

Jo said...

Excellent Kay! I am looking around my desk now for inspiration. I'm sorry you've not felt well and been gloomy. Is your weather very harsh at the moment? (((Hugs))) Jo

Gattina said...

For somebody who didn't feel well you did a great job ! The picture too is lovely !

Kay said...

I'm sorry you were having a gloomy moment, Kay. I'm noticing several bloggers are feeling a teeny bit down. It must be the quiet after the storm of holiday happenings that make us a bit melancholy at this time.

jabblog said...

Sorry you're not feeling so hot today. Nonetheless you penned a fine poem. Get well:-)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I guess we all have days like this. I especially liked the way you began this piece, with reference to friends to the East and West.. very beautiful images of light too.

hedgewitch said...

Sometimes despite everything we can't see the light around us or benefit from it. At least here you're looking.

Marian said...

"I, who have light." that is just perfect.

Mama Zen said...

Beautifully done! And, it gives me something to think about.

Hannah Pratt said...

I loved your words "but am lonely. how dare I?" I can definitely related to this.

Mary said...

I do think that January is a lonely month, after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is nice that at leaast the LIGHT increases now a little bit each day, which helps!

Susie Clevenger said...

I so identify with this...I am surrounded by so much and so many, but at times the loneliness overtakes.

Laurie Kolp said...

I love the weaving of light throughout, Kay.

Margaret said...

some days
I see these things
without smiling;

Yes, how we do this?

Ebie said...

Happy New Year K! I am back from my restful holidays, and catching up with my return comments (besides catching up with my year end work) Its good to read some funny, sad, yet inspirational lines. I have my moments too.

Be well, and may this year gives us more good health, abundance and happiness.

Will be reading more of our posts tonight.