Monday, February 19, 2007

Paper Quilt

This is called "Following the Sun" based on this poem by my fave Mary Oliver. I made it out of old library book check out cards sewn together and painted with acrylic paint. (It's not really as tourquoise blue as this scan looks, and it's 12"x12" so I couldn't fit the whole thing in my scanner.)

The Sunflowers by Mary Oliver

Come with me
into the field of sunflowers.
Their faces are burnished disks,
their dry spines

creak like ship masts,
their green leaves,
so heavy and many,
fill all day with the sticky

sugars of the sun.
Come with me
to visit the sunflowers,
they are shy

but want to be friends;
they have wonderful stories
of when they were young -
the important weather,

the wandering crows.
Don't be afraid
to ask them questions!
Their bright faces,

which follow the sun,
will listen, and all
those rows of seeds -
each one a new life!

hope for a deeper acquaintance;
each of them, though it stands
in a crowd of many,
like a separate universe,

is lonely, the long work
of turning their lives
into a celebration
is not easy. Come

and let us talk with those modest faces,
the simple garments of leaves,
the coarse roots in the earth
so uprightly burning.

1 comment:

  1. wow, love your painting and the inspiration too.

    ..their faces are burnished disks, their dry spines creak like ship masts..

    sunflowers make me think of giraffes necks, maybe they are related in a parallel universe..


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