23.8.09

A little big nosed guy/Gallery of failures














Am I in a hurry? Not really...
When taking photos, though, it happens a
lot that I move away too quickly and catch
some ghostly shapes. Here are a few recent ones...
















































"Like a fading piece of cloth
I am a failure

No longer do I cover tables filled with food and laughter
My seams are frayed my hems falling my strength no longer able
To hold the hot and cold

I wish for those first days
When just woven I could keep water
From seeping through
Repelled stains with the tightness of my weave
Dazzled the sunlight with my
Reflection

I grow old though pleased with my memories
The tasks I can no longer complete
Are balanced by the love of the tasks gone past

I offer no apology only
this plea:

When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end
Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt
That I might keep some child warm

And some old person with no one else to talk to
Will hear my whispers

And cuddle
near"

(Nikki Giovanni: Quilts)

Kommentare:

ArtSparker hat gesagt…

Sweet, I hear an echo of "When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book..."

ger hat gesagt…

I don´t know this - but I hope I´ll have accumulated a heap of quilts when I´m (still more...) old + gray + full of sleep...

Joei Rhode Island hat gesagt…

Lovely sentiment...Rather reminds me to remember the value of times past.

Paula Hewitt hat gesagt…

great poem. Ive been talking to my 92 y.o Grandmother about this issue. i like your bignose guy, and your frod picture - i have one very similar (frog not guy)

ger hat gesagt…

Thanks, Joei - ah, yes, the times passed, stitching the quilt of one´s biography...
Hi Paula, good to see you back already again... - the frog is the one + only piece of art I own...

jude hat gesagt…

i have so many of those blurry pictures. i keep them. i am practicing for when i go blond from stitching so much.

ger hat gesagt…

Urrg... - much stitching makes one blond? - why hasn´t anyone told me that before...??

cottonseed hat gesagt…

that poem is so beautiful and so bittersweet. it hits me right in the heart.

ger hat gesagt…

Yes, it has a wonderful unpretentious, true + sad ring, doesn´t it...?