Sunday, April 3, 2016

return and refocus

there is a simultaneity to this growth
and my return
and my recovery from jet-lag brain.
i found a rock book on my walk at home
but at the place i'm now calling Home
i heard a symphony of robin and woodcock and peepers and frogs
friday night
that made my heart sing right along.
even though the fool played april
i've been looking at what i've brought backfrom oz
not all of it tangible
in fact much of it 
not.
i loved this little pod
and was gifted by a student
at the grampians.
i've been asked to return to the grampians
to teach a master class.
i'm thinking about this amazing opportunity.
i finally located a copy of this
to read on the LONG ride home.
i also traded for this zine
which i found to be somewhat disappointing,
not the trade, but the quality of the piece,
an editor was needed.
gifts and abundance
triggering thoughts and imaginings.
and the work of john wolseley
which i wanted to see more than i can say
but missed.
some bones were waiting my hands
one of which i injured on my first morning there,
but is better now.
emu feathers
i intend to weave with.
scales dyed madder red
and the one cloth i brought from the long dyeing session with felicity.
this was waiting for me
from catherine,
and i still haven't opened it
but i will!
and i am scheduling my teaching
 for life after public school teaching
retirement at the end of june-
some summer commitments, 
a wedding,
residencies
teaching and learning
and my house for sale, still.
i am hoping it will sell 
and i will be fully moved to the place i call
HOME.

13 comments:

Heather said...

Welcome back! Such treasures you came home with. I'll have to try and get to the NW Weaver's conference - so glad you will be coming to Victoria.

Velma Bolyard said...

heather, i am excited to be asked, and will be so glad to meet you in person!

onesmallstitch said...

so many exciting happenings - and retirement soo-on - and I will definitely see you at the conference.:)

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, of course!

Min said...

I think that you will only bow out gracefully from public school teaching then go on to teach where your creativity leads you. You will not retire....just move in a different direction.

neki desu said...

there's a verb in spanish "jubilar" which means to retire. but this word stems from latin iubilare,and iubilaeus :jubilant.need i say more?

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Mo Crow said...

love how emu feathers are double shafted, makes them easy to secure in place!

Velma Bolyard said...

min, yep, that's what i'm thinking and where i'm heading.
neki, jubilar, indeed!!! i love that!
mo, they are so so cool!

handstories said...

Your treasures hold so much, can't wait to see what comes of the feather weaving and your "life after".

Velma Bolyard said...

cindi, we'll see. those emu feathers are pretty wonderful.

Genevieve Lapp said...
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Genevieve Lapp said...

Phryne! Have you seen the show? I'm addicted. We went to an exhibit of costumes from the show when we were in Adelaide. I bought the catalogue if you'd like to see it!

Velma Bolyard said...

genevieve, of course i'd love to see it! the clothes are to die for! and talk about addiction!

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