Tuesday, October 28, 2014

this fall

my friends and family know:
this fall has been very hard at work,
the hooligans very challenging
i have the best assistant in the universe,
and yet
work has been overwhelming.
 so when this surprise, 
beautifully wrapped in translucent paper,
came in the mail
i thought: this is it!
 the beauty of this gift
has touched my heart. why?
 this is essentially a government publication
but
julie johnson oversaw that the research presented inside
was honored by
her beautiful handmade paper
fine photos and writing and layout
and, 
finally, 
it's bound with her own twined dogbane.
did she know how 
 it so touches the thoughts i'm exploring
about the honorable harvest.
 a few walks help me get through the tough days.
and
 some of the contact prints emerging from the 
depths of the old enamel pot
are extraordinary.
and then
another
 gift.
yuko kimura and i agreed upon a trade
her tiny, exquisite sample book
came, also. 
i am in awe of this beautiful work
 it fits
in the palm of my hand.
i am grateful to these amazing artists,
(lori, you, too!)
who add such grace to my life.
thank you.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yuko's book is amazing, I saw at the summer show. You should busy at work and play! Such wonderful, thoughtful gifts.
Linda

Valerianna said...

Beautiful gifts, just the kind of balm for a hard fall.

Fiona Dempster said...

'Tis good that life offers beauty and care when things are tough. Such lovely moments and gifts - I hope they sustain you.

Velma Bolyard said...

linda, it sure is, and i'm happy to have it
valerie, yes, indeed
fiona, they are certainly wonderful, a kind of care, really.

Liz Ackert said...

Teaching was the best and hardest work I ever did ... so I am in awe that you have enough creative energy to make such beautiful pieces.

jude said...

you are always receiving gifts. a beautiful sign

Velma Bolyard said...

liz, it is hard, but it's good work.
jude, that's very sweet!

neki desu said...

there's an italian saying that says whomever finds a friend finds a treasure
(or something in the like)

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, the internet is a strange way to find them, friends, but i have, you know! (flashing earthbound stars)

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