21 December 2011

Winter Solstice

 Today, a page in my art journal

The poem is my very favorite poem by my very favorite poet...e.e. cummings

i am a little church(no great cathedral)
far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities
-i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,
i am not sorry when sun and rain make april

my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;
my prayers are prayers of earth's own clumsily striving 
(finding and losing and laughing and crying)children
whose any sadness or joy is my grief or gladness

around me surges a miracle of unceasing
birth and glory and death and resurrection:
over my sleeping self float flaming symbols
of hope, and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains

i am a little church(far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature
-i do not worry of longer nights growing longest;
i am not sorry when silence becomes singing

winter by spring, i lift my diminutive spire to
merciful Him Whose only now is forever:
standing erect in the deathless truth of his presence
(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)

I had this little church window for forever and now I have finally made use of it. It is transparent, so I cut a window in my journal and now I can do another page on the back.  So that's all I did today, besides the boring chores and tasks like the post office and then I spent some time giving my blog a make over...do you like it? Oh, I also made chili and cornbread, but that was at 5am...seems like a different day ago.  Now it's just about time to fill the wine glasses...Cheers! And wishing you a peaceful and happy mid-winter.  Love, Lisa♥

PS: I am hosting the last challenge of the year at Inspiration Avenue...pop over and read all about it!

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  1. Hi Lisa. Yes I did receive your comment on "Keep The Faith" and I did reply. I also replied on the card and beautiful little cross I received and thank you very much. I love it and hung it on my tree. Enjoy the holidays and I like the new look of your blog. End of a year and on with the next wonderful year for us all.Happy Holidays!! ::hugs::

  2. This is so beautiful, Lisa. I love how perfectly the piece celebrates this moving poem.

    Busy, busy times but stopping and giving gratitude for the light within on this Soltice night feels so fine.
    Cheers to you, and Merry Christmas !

  3. this is glorious Lisa, i wish u all good things and much Joy , i love wearing your Frida pendant and my friend enjoys the one i got for her too

    hugz bev

  4. Lovely poem and journal page. And I love your makeover.

    Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

    Hugs, Kelly

  5. i love this. the portrait is beauteous and i adore the transparent window.

    okay you got me with the IA, i'm going over to join in :)

  6. Happy Solstice Lisa. Thank you for the card which found a home on my mantel.


  7. I think you always do such an amazing job and especially when you incorporate cumming's words into your work....a match made in heaven! And of course the way you used the stained glass was brilliant!
    I'm so in awe of your talent
    P.S. I keep forgetting to thank you for my beautiful holiday card I have it sitting on my desk so I can admire it throughout the day.

  8. This is by far my favorite page in your journal. I do love the stained glass window and the face you painted is so very alluring.

    You are such a talented and thoughtful artist and blogger friend to many. I also want to thank you for the beautiful card. It was one I made a comment on and I was so happy to see it in my mailbox..

    You are special Lisa~Merry Christmas!


  9. just beautiful, as beautiful as my card! grazie, mille!! and the poem... sigh... thank you for your friendship and your light, happy Solstice... xoxox

  10. Beautiful as always. e.e. cummings is my favorite poet. Wishing you peace, love and joy.

  11. 5am?!! Are you crazy? I don't do 5am - except perhaps if I am going on holiday!!

    Beautiful journal piece my friend. If I don't stop by again before the big day..


  12. I love this poem, Lisa. I love the sense of peace it gives when you read it. Have a very merry Christmas, my friend, and thank you for being you! xox

  13. Wow!! So beautiful..your art is mesmerizing ! I love ya kindred sister.. and love all that you share..thanks for the AWESOME and beautiful card..I just recieved it..wow...I LOVe it..you have cast sparkles in my heart with your thoughtfulness and kindness! So beautiful and radiant and very special to me..thankyou so much friend!

    Wishing you a Magical Solstice..a beautiful X-mas and a new year full of magic and sparkles and love! you are a shining star!

  14. What a gorgeous piece with that window. Love her nose!

    I am such a lucky girl to have a new pendant made by... Lisa!! You! I am wearing it happily.

    I like ee cummings a lot. I'm not even much on poetry, but I love him and William Carlos Williams and many songwriters and some others I can't remember. they can take you places...

    Merry Christmas! And I love the card you sent!! just beautiful!

  15. Lovely poem and page! So peaceful! I' m working hard to feel more that way! Oh, and thank you so much for the lovely card! Brought a smile to my face!


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