Thursday, April 19, 2012

on any day around here

 so i took a little walk
along the perennials
and spied one slippery elm
 which i sawed down
and peeled
 and i have had narcissi 
on the table for several days
 and i washed up 
some more amazing silk
ready for the next thing
and there they sit,
other things on my mind
they look so monochromatic
 and i wrote in the journal
and found a treasure
 flattened fauna
 so small
so real,
so paperlike, leatherlike
skin
so they're all on the table where i sat for a while
between naps
as i'm in the heyday 
of a spring cold

19 comments:

ronnie said...

oooo what delights (my bestest g.f. had a frog not unlike your find - she used to attach it to one of her hats like a brooch.... she's got a style all her own my dear margi!)

T said...

the documenting of your creative day is such good reading velma. your exploration of fibres, that incredibly beautiful journal, and of course that flat frog. what a perfect day.

xt

Velma said...

ronnie and theresa, even though i felt kinda rough, the day had high points. that leopard frog, and getting my hands on slippery elm bark were good things.

Valerianna said...

Quite the collection - feel better!


I thought of you today - I saw an ENORMOUS snapping turtle on the side of the road, looking like she was gong to cross. NOT a good idea. I stopped to try to encourage her to turn around and go back to the pond, but, really she was SOOO big that I knew better than to approach her. She turned 90 degrees and I hope she continued to go back. She's probably one of the ones I saw mating last spring - what a trip THAT was. The image of the flattened frog reminded me of the snapper - I am surely hoping that I won't pass her as a squished critter on my travels.

Feel better, darn students and their colds!!

Velma said...

wow, valerie, a snapper already! and a big girl, too. how lucky to see the mating, that's next on my list as i often see the egglaying now. i am sooo tired of getting these colds, this one has my chest achy and that's always a bit worrying.

deanna7trees said...

i thought of you this morning while i was working in the garden. so many things lying around that have endless possibilities for weaving, papering, etc.

Velma said...

deanna, gardens are a real treat, i'm a hapless gardener, a forager at heart.

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

I love monochromatic! I also love the flattened fauna, look how rich those greens have become, until they look velvety.

Velma said...

catherine, thanks for that observation. the frog is quite beautiful, indeed.

jude said...

sometimes i feel like that flattened fauna. and i like anything squared.

mansuetude said...

poor beautiful frog with that tiny hand held to his heart.

Velma said...

oh, yes!

Long Ridge Farm said...

warm wishes for feeling better.
speaking of flattened things I was doing the sheep chores a few days ago after a brief rain (real brief)
and found two flattened spotted salamanders. appears they came out in the rain but a sheep must have laid down as they were doing a rain dance. hmmmm.

Velma said...

thanks, nancy, had a couple of feverish days. two salamanders squashed...wonder if they were a pair or just buddies? poor guys.

Fiona Dempster said...

Am loving the journal V, and the monchromaticism of the images; lovely subdued and gentle colours...hope you are on the mend, F

Barry said...

V-amazing how many fragments make up a day - it never ceases to amaze me what has been experienced and achieved in such a short time - to stack them in front of you is a good reminder of experiences and productivity. Be well. B

Velma said...

f&b, funny how much a fever takes outta ya! the book was a sample, turns out to be the journal of now.

neki desu said...

sorry to be a pooper, but that CLOTH!!!!

Velma said...

neki- it's my favorite stuff to play with. ok, one of my favorites, but right up there!