2 Poems

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Not Writing:

A wasp rises to its papery
nest under the eaves
where it daubs

at the gray shape,
but seems unable
to enter its own house.

– Jane Kenyon

 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
– William Wordsworth
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Both, relatable. The first as clean, with lovely prose, as the second is dreamy.

Recently

We have been packing, traveling, and sorting through things. I will have more images to share next week.

But for now, I have started a project to get some pictures printed and one-day-displayed. I am happy with a 4×6 grid. Here are some layout options I have been working through.  The first ‘varies the feast’ by distributing colors and composition throughout, second one is more gradient & starts from muted colors at the top working down to vibrant colors, final option starts with bright colors and ends with the black and white photos.

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{The pictures were printed using an app called ‘impressed’; they are matte squares with a white border.}

This post inspired the project visually.

Getting family photos printed as a way to boost your child’s self esteem and re-tell their family history was something I read about which cited a study from Tulane University; this is the intent of the project. We have lived in the Northeast for almost 5 years, far from our families, and I want a way to celebrate the good memories we have made here and the kindness of community we experienced and shared.