Tuesday, December 9, 2014


light is necessary
and causes a stir deep in my heart 
this time of year
can you smell the beeswax?
 light comes from within
 thin ice
framing rocks and twigs
 and makes riverscape on frozen rivulet
 light on my old barn
 burns it brightly
until it may, perhaps
catch fire and fly away.
 as usual i'm looking for light,
and junko oki has made a new book
a real catalog of work
 bound with an industrial sewing
 encased in a slipcase
 her stitches
(so many stitches) 
 i love how her needle dances
and sings
and tells stories, jokes,
her book is here
and is worth the bother to find.
and another book
by jean is a new shimacho
a sample book
 and i am deeply honored that
the pages are my handmade paper
there was yet more light,
from my realtor
homemade wine.
the house is still waiting for a buyer.
my back is doing much better, thank you for the advice and good wishes.
though school stumbles along, limping and dancing, mostly limping
as we wind down toward solstice
and little tiny light.


onesmallstitch said...

so much to think about here, light is so special at this time of year. it is the light in your heart, shining through that brightens the world. thank you for showing my little book - beside Junko's - I am honored. Do you have Junko's book, I love her work. I found it on Amazon.jp, may have to give myself a Christmas pres.! happy to hear the back is improving.

neki desu said...

as the saying goes one has to experience darkness to enjoy the light.
the crisp golden autumn light is a gift.
think you gave me an idea for my xmas present: the oki book♥♥

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, oh, yes, i have junko's book. it's rich with beauty. i love it. your book is so beautiful, and full of your wonderful work.
neki, buy it!

Valerianna said...

I can always count on tremendous textural delights coming here... thanks!

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, that's such a compliment, thank you!

Mo Crow said...

love your photos of light, the beautiful handmade sample book by Jean & you have Junko Oki's treasure of a book too! My copy arrived on Wednesday, love the poetic narratives for each piece, very inspiring on so many levels

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, ah, mine arrived on monday and it's like a sweet puzzle with no instructions, not just the looking but the reading, all a game and light and funny and serious.

Ms. said...

How wonderful everything here is. In another lifetime I want to grow up to be a bookbinder.

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, me, too!

Barry said...

Hi V - while since I have dropped by - enjoying travel too much??? Still love that old barn - sure you can't pack it up and post it to me - or maybe one day we just need to visit. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry and fiona, come and visit, the barn wants to make your acquaintance and i will put you on the snow! then there will be wine.

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