Monday, April 25, 2016

safe

safe.
the new work is all about being
safe.
 feeling safe.
enclosed, not cloistered.
 i've been photographing these as i move through the work
and then i realized friday night
i felt safe 
at home.
deeply safe.
vulnerable, scared,
myself, definitely flawed and unable
to tie up 
the loose ends.
those ends.
TAUNY
(tradtional arts in upstate new york)
our local folklore organization with the (let's face it) bad name
has mounted a quilt exhibition.
 i love the real ones
the simple,
made from so little, ones.
 these are the cloths that speak to me
 and these photographic
patches of quilts
please my eye
and my sense of safe.
 meanings lost in time
but not the caring.
 beautifully stitched reminders.
the gallery space is large and those quilts soften 
and humanize the bigness.
i liked it so much.
 i was stitching this weekend
sampling
in case paper with kami-ito
and other samples came, too.
feeling safe.
 i buy anne johnson's cards at tauny.
they make me wonder
what it must be like to work as a botanist in this place.
to know the land that way.
 i come home to make more samples
as i think about things:
gratitude that my son is well,
my daughter is, too.
my love is well
over at our new home.

tauny had another surprise
 poems by a friend
john scarlett
 he practices farming with oxen,
sugaring,
husbanding, grandparenting
blacksmithing,
and writing.
i imagine him behind his team mowing his haymeadow: 

the children's path
through the grass
mown away

 (a haiku from his new collection, between waves, available at TAUNY)


10 comments:

Mo Crow said...

love the little book nestled in it's pod

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, thank you, these little hemp and shifu books are coming right along.

neki desu said...

funnily i have been thinking that quilts were american boro and have taken the same route commanding huge prices.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, no one here (yet) would pay the big bucks for falling apart quilts. not old/quaint/indigo enough. but i've wondered, too. (except for amish or mennonite or handspun quilts, that is.)

india flint said...

those quilts hold many stories

Velma Bolyard said...

india, they were so common and unpretentious. even the newest ones were sorta quirky. almost all were well used, loved, perhaps.

Cris Winters said...

Lovely thoughts and things. And I am so happy to see work of my old friend Anne Johnson. I look forward to seeing you in your studio.

Velma Bolyard said...

hi cris, thank you. i love anne's prints, their liveliness, and try to keep a short stack around for special notes to friends.

Judy Martin said...

I love the new work and the old quilts in this post.
sending that feeling over to you muy friend. love.
x

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, thank you, i'm feeling it. those old quilts had enormous presence.

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