“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

6.18.2008

Storm: Standing Tree

mixed media w/acrylic on canvas: 14"x14"


This is where I stand under a sky full of art clouds.

Let the storm begin.

I stand & wait for the art to fall;
I have planted the seeds & pulled the weeds.
The soil is fertile.
Let the storm begin.
Let those weeds regrow tall by my feet,
let the flowers open their hopeful hearts to the wind.
Let the colors held secret in those clouds fall into my open hands,
held palms up to receive the soft drops of blue moons,
the distant dusty howls of coyotes,
the blood-feather of a mockingbird,
the white swoop of an owl on a winter evening.
Let the scent of sweet olives & honeysuckle fall into my open mouth,
let the blinking lights of fireflies tickle my throat,
let the soft silence of late summer nights
leave indigo stains on my fingertips.
Let the storm begin.
let it rain

20 comments:

  1. Can I join in that color storm?? Never thought of storms as really peaceful, but I guess it's all about perception.

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  2. Yes - come on. No umbrellas.

    :) Debi

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  3. Ok....

    This one leaves me literally speechless.
    Stunningly beautiful...your colours, your textures, your mood, your storms, your words.
    I SO LOVE this piece of art. Will you be selling it? I'm serious.

    And the soft drops of blue moons!

    xoxo

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  4. Jaime - Well now I myself am speechless. The painting IS for sale - I've emailed you details.

    And, OH! I am having storms TODAY! My computer appears to've turned on me & we won't talk about the number of images lost from today's photo shoot. :(

    Thnaks so much for making me feel happy & valued!

    Love, Debi

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  5. That's beautiful, very poetic!

    I love your profile pic. Very cute!!

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  6. YEAH~!~~~~
    Wow. Totally loved this.
    I want to print this and read it over and over.
    Art clouds.
    What a fabulous concept.
    You are an inspiration.
    xo

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  7. Rhea - Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by! (I'm feeling very poetic this week!)

    :) Debi

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  8. Gillian - Bless you. It's hard to feel myself an inspiration, but the compliment makes me feel all warm & giggly & grateful & humble.

    Love, Debi

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  9. Holy cows! How you can spin that prose! What incredible images; the visual and the written!
    Can I quote you on this prose?
    Crazy good, girl...crazy good!

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  10. Paula - quote away. And thanks for wanting to!

    :)Love, Debi

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  11. See! I told you that you were fantastic!

    P.S. Still waiting for that picture!

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  12. Girl - if you're talking about one of those AWFUL, AWFUL pictures of me from Jefferson, I still can't bring myself to print one. I will have to pose more beautifully & thin-ly (I'm making up words) HERE & send you one of those. TRULY - the others are AWFUL!!

    :)
    Love ya!
    Debi

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  13. wonderful painting and wonderful writing. you make me want to sit here and await a storm of creativity as well. :-)

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  14. "the white swoop of an owl on a winter evening"

    Sigh, yes please.

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  15. Julochka, Michelle & Hele - Thank you all so much. And it was a real owl on a real evening. I look for him still.

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  16. i've always been fond of storms and this is one of the most beautiful ones i've ever come across :)

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  17. P - So glad you think so. When I first started this piece I thought it was about the tree, but it became evident VERY QUICKLY that it was about the storm. The painting dictated its own little verse.

    Debi

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  18. hi Debi, this is beautiful! both the painting and your words.

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  19. RRD - So glad to hear from you again & thank you! I'm in a poetry frame of mind lately & I DO believe I may be making the ever-wonderful Michael just roll his eyes at me. :) Oh WELL - more to come, I think! LOL!

    Debi

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