August 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm (Health, Inspiration, Mental Health, Spirituality, The Artist Life, The Writing Life, Uncategorized, Urban Living)
Tags: art, healing, nature, poetry, prayer
Needing to fill my creative well this morning, I grabbed my camera and headed for Fairmount Park in Philly. As I walked along the Schuylkill River, I noticed the placement of the sun coming up looked as though it was resting on the shoulders of a statue:
(click for full-size photo)
That image stuck with me through the rest of the morning and into afternoon, and gave rise to the following poem about the healing power of nature:
Shoulder the Sun
You knelt in the grass
in another early morning ache
with dewey tears
and shoulders cracking
all that weight
Yet you stayed there
folded inside out as
dawn turned to day
and the sun gently rose
to rub the tender nape of your neck
and give you a few moments
to shoulder only
May we all have some moments to shoulder only the sun.
November 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm (The Artist Life, The Writing Life)
Tags: art, wordart
It’s a word picture — literally.
A portrait drawn in pen, with all lines, shading, and graphical elements created with… WORDS [click to enlarge]:
It’s an artist’s self-portrait that (wonderfully) toys with my head:
- Metaphor is literal.
- Words are a picture.
- External self-portrait is the internal on display.
- The first word to speak itself visibly is “secret.” (see his nose)
- And the artist is my nephew.
My nephew, RobertThomas David Wiebe-King, the one who has all those names yet we call him ”Moo” (of course).
This is why I love art. Because it takes my words away. Plays with my head. Tangles with my heart. Makes me wonder even as it takes away the need for questions. Gives me black, white, and gray all at once…literally and figuratively — a most welcomed mind game that makes me get out of my head.
Art. Pray. Live.
June 26, 2009 at 8:01 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: art, authenticity, Dr. Seuss, painting, tattoo
You are you.
Now, isn’t that pleasant?
- Dr. Seuss
That’s Melissa‘s new (first) tattoo. Isn’t that just FANTASTIC?!?!
Think about it for a while…
You are you.
Does that make you smile? Cringe? A little of each?
What if we each got to a point where being ourselves actually seemed pleasant??
How many times in a day do you get disgruntled with yourself?
What if… what if instead you just took a deep breath, smiled a little, and said gently to yourself “You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?”
I personally find the “you-est” parts of you to be the most delightful.
Here’s to embracing ourselves and each other exactly as we are. Today, may you be fully, authentically, pleasantly You.
(If you’d like to know more about someone cool enough to have this wonderful Dr. Seuss tattoo, see http://www.melissadoherty.com for more about Melissa and her amazing paintings)