Sunday, November 23, 2008
Many thanks to the lovely Kirie at 3 Little Chickies for giving me this award!
Kirie is an amazing woman who is a mom and artist -- and she is a continual inspiration to me.
Take today's poem, for instance. It was completely inspired by the above link, in which Kirie writes about the gorgeous gown she created for her daughter's Halloween costume.
I have often been moved/touched/inspired by textile arts, no doubt because I grew up in a house where my mother was often bent over a sewing machine making miracles. So when I saw Kirie doing the same thing... well, what do ya know, a poem popped out.
Here it is, Kirie... hope you enjoy my work in progress as much as I enjoyed yours.
- for Kirie
The pattern promises to make a princess
so I gather together tulle, organza,
duchess satin and dupioni silk
to spin a girl’s dream: flouncy slip
beneath shimmering skirt, puffy sleeves,
bodice edged with beaded rosette trim.
I don’t warn her about the clock
or tell her how glass slippers sometimes shatter.
I stay up till dawn, add a tuck
so that it fits just right
and later as she prances and twirls
I vow to hold her close
should white steeds dissolve into skittering mice,
the royal coach to a rotting pumpkin,
the prince lost in moonlight, then
caught dancing with someone else.
- Irene Latham
"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art."
- Maya Angelou