“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


august break day 10: begin again.

2 days ago they painted the across-the-street house,
the house that once was mary's;
call me judgmental, but i know an ugly color when i see one.
they cut all the climbing roses,
30 years of yellow blossoms,
those that dangled over the driveway and climbed the roof,
and they chopped off part of the catawba tree,
sacred, older-than-the-neighborhood, now partly gone.

full of anger and tears, and up to me to deal with my changed view,
i moved the furniture in my tiny front room around,
and suddenly, accidentally, i have studio space.
see how the universe works?
the couch no longer defines the room - it is just a place to rest.
the entire west wall is for creation.  words, paintings, wrapping christmas gifts.

for years i have thought to make this room a studio,
to let the living room go.
the truth all along was to let it live.

august break day 10.



  1. a new space...a sacred moment

  2. It feels like it was meant to be, this beginning again. Though I am sorry about the roses, and the tree, and the awful color.
    Yes, let it live. I can't wait to see where this beginning takes you.

  3. I'm glad you have the new space, but I'm so really sad about the descecration of beauty and nature. Why would anyone cut down such roses? That's really upsetting.

    1. it is upsetting beyond words. and oddly, they didn't repaint the areas the roses grew on - a latticed roof over the driveway. it was totally unnecessary. as was the lopping off of limbs from the catawba tree, but that's a whole 'nother long story.

  4. .to let the living room go. the truth all along was to let it live....
    oh my! the truth all along was to let it live. i will write these words down to remember them. it is a truth I NEED. i am trying to 'let things go', and in that doing, perhaps i will find a truth. thank you, upset one, for this writing. in fondest. Tilda

  5. Well, considering that the process resulted in a whole new perspective for you, maybe it's possible that the neighbor has a process going on, as well. I certainly have started chopping sometimes and thought, "ohhhh..... wait .... " Lettuce hope they discover something as lovely in the end as you did.

  6. A studio space all because of a color blind neighbor! that is quite lucky. I recently flipped a guest room into my studio room and every time I'm in it I feel quite special and can't believe it's mine.

  7. hence the word serendipitous :)
    or you had an angel watching over you all along, waiting.....just depends which way you want to look at it....xoxo

  8. Change isn't always comfortable but the rewards can be great.

  9. I now have 2 studios in two different bedrooms!

  10. Hello there!
    Hope you're travelling well and 2013 has been good to you so far. Thank you for sharing this poignant moment, the end of an era. I'd like to think that our bearing witness means something.
    I'm just popping in to let you know about a little #reverb-like blog challenge my friend Meredith and I are offering from August 21 to 31. It's called August Moon and it looks all set to be magic!
    We'd be so excited if you joined us. You can find out more here: http://www.katmcnally.com/p/august-moon-13.html
    Take care,
    Kat xx

  11. Can't tell you how big I am smiling for you in this moment.
    :) <--that little guy doesn't do it justice.


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