Friday, January 24, 2020

May Your Days Be Forever Red

me, Charles and Kat (at #NCTE2019)
Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit lovely Kat at Kat's Whiskers for Roundup.

It's been a wintry week here in Alabama, but we've still managed to get out for our daily walks. I've been chipping away at my wip, and it's such slow-going... but yes, some rewarding moments along the way! I (finally) got the sewing machine out and accomplished a stack of mending... and I am working a new piece on my cello. Life is good!

Today I have for you another ArtSpeak: Red poem. This one's inspired by "Miss Mary Edwards" by William Hogarth. I do have a Miss Mary in my life -- though she is nothing like the Miss Mary pictured here! Do you know anyone who enjoys a "crimson life" like the person portrayed in the poem?


Miss Mary's Crimson Life

Mornings, a field
of poppies

Noon, a crush
of cranberries

Afternoons
           lazy
as strawberry jam

Evenings, a dream
-->
of cherries.

- Irene Latham

... and now that I'm looking again at the poem, I think I've got an alternate title to use if I pull this poem away from the art: "May Your Days Be Forever Red." (changing the subject heading now!)

24 comments:

  1. I love that pic of us! (I love lots of pics of us!!) I bought an overlocker before Christmas, so there has been lots of sewing projects happening here too. Lots of modifying and some new creations. I like both your title thoughts - but yes, if you take it away from the pic, the second title would be my choice. Such a burst of flavour poem. Rather delicious! xx

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    1. an "overlocker" -- that is a new word for me, Kat! And yay for delicious poems and pictures. xo

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    2. Oh? You don't call them an overlocker? Ummm... A serger? The thing that cuts and finishes raw edges. I've not had one before, and am quite liking it. (Though not when I break a thread!)

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  2. Ooo, delightful, delicious day! I like the first title with the painting and the second without. xo

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    1. Thank you for that validation, Tab. Not sure what I will do with the poem! xo

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  3. Seems like an over-the-top life for Miss Mary Edwards. I sometimes wonder what that life was really like. However, having a 'crush of cherries' sounds rather delightful! I'm glad you've having some good things happen, Irene, sewing and music!

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    1. Yes, Linda, sewing and music are two of my favorite things! And why not have an over-the-top life? Go Miss Mary! xo

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  4. I really like the title "Miss Mary's Crimson Life," it fits her well! : )

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    1. Thank you, Linda... she is quite the woman of privilege. xo

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  5. Red is such a powerful word for this year. Crimson life. ha! I don't know anyone quite so strong as that. But, Miss Mary is all that and a cherry on top. Thanks for letting us peek at your play with red words. They are fun!

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    1. Thank you, Linda - she is clearly a powerful woman, at least in her own mind. Ha ha! xo

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  6. It's such fun to see what you're up to with your red project each week! Kudos to you for fitting in the walks. Our incessant rain has kept me from walking. I need to get reintroduce myself to the treadmill in the garage. C'mon Spring!

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    1. ... or walk in the rain??? Though COLD rain isn't very much fun, is it? Spring's a-coming... if you were here, we could walk together! xo

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  7. Too fun! I really have to think more about Miss Mary Edwards... I love the field of poppies and the crush of cranberries... but I want her to try raspberry rhubarb pie. Haha. And radishes! I fear you have opened a can of worms, so I will say thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. ... and YOU are giving me lots of inspiration, too! Raspberry rhubarb radishes... all r-r-r-red words! Thank you! xo

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  8. I'd like to curl up inside your poem Irene, in between the poppies, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries… what a grand invitation your poem offers–and gorgeous red dress Miss Mary's wearing, lovely–thanks Irene! xo I like the "…Forever Red" title too.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I rather think just a Miss-Mary-red day every now and then is enough for me! :) xo

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  9. Miss Mary has an indulged lifestyle, Irene. I like how you depicted her crimson life that is forever red. Have an indulged weekend for yourself and I hope it warms up for you. Yesterday, we took a walk on the boardwalk and I was surprised how marvelous the weather was (even though I was preparing for a windy, cold day).

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    1. Taking a walk on the boardwalk sounds lovely, Carol! Miss Mary would promenade in her crimson gown... thank you for visiting! xo

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  10. Thank you for sharing Irene! Good luck on your WIP! Chip away!

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  11. Yum...I wish my days could be so red!

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  12. I love "afternoons lazy as strawberry jam". From your red to Jama's blues, it's been a colorful PF!

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  13. You are so talented at doing something miraculous with a form that seems so simple. I love this hop and skip through a red day!

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