Alder and Anemone

The Field

A fixed location.
The fields breathe
their amber afternoons,
and gray mornings. Grasses
sweep the wind
like wings.
The thick webs
of autumn spiders
snap, then dance.
The man
leans over the fence,
gives apples to horses.
The paddock
from barn to where the pond
dips down into cattails
releases cowbirds and killdeer.

So certain is this field,
horizon becomes
a question.

—Anita K. Boyle

Among the alders hide my ongoing work at capturing the world around me in stark black and white.  Anita K Boyle will be joining me at the Sammamish Library on Tuesday the 17th to celebrate the crisscrossing inspirations of our creative energy and  the natural world. I will show off my work at the City Hall (next door) and then speak a bit about my own process and naturalist leanings,  Anita will read more of her lovely poems, and to finish, a representative from a local non-profit “Sammamish Walks” will talk a little about various ways and opportunities to learn about and enjoy the area.

City Hall will be open from 6-7pm for viewing, the Library program starts at 7ish in the meeting room and runs about 1 hour. Kids are welcome (its a new library with a great kids area).

Anemones are the first star  of my new alphabet…..but we are all trying to slow things down right, so ill hold on to that a little bit longer.

The picture above is at Sammamish City Hall (and looking for a more permanent home) 28″x 60″ 2012

 

This Distance

What’s distance to me? Even birds
in flight need no assistance.

Butterflies.

I need a space with light. A few trees.
I’m no judge of anything.

The earth sings
with ease. Frogs sound
throughout the night.
I’ve wandered here awhile.
I’ve all the music I need.
This is not a disgrace.

I’ve planted the willows
on the first island of the lake.
If the red-winged blackbird means yes,
I agree.

—Anita K. Boyle

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