Well, it's my 17th Wedding Anniversary today (and 20 years of being together) and George is working the afternoon shift on the boat. So...I am consoling myself by spending some time with the work of someone else I love dearly, my friend and colleague K. Louise Vincent. K. gifted me with a copy of her new chapbook of poetry very recently, The Green Room. I love that more and more often now poetry is being published in handmade chapbooks. The love, care and attention that has been put into the making of this book is palpable--it seeps into my fingers as i turn the pages--reflecting the love and care of the poet. As my friend Tim Landers writes into the copywrite statement of all of his chapbooks, "Do not reproduce without love."
With K's gracious permission, I will share a bit with you from the poem, A Fine Line:
The future is dark, which is on the whole,
the best thing a future can be, I think.~ Virginia WoolfAs in inscrutable--not terribleAs in transparent--as in all the beautyAs in grief from left field--knocking her flatAs in somewhere betweennaked and protectionAs in tree frog, as in child--as in a fine line...This holding back from the sweetreceptive earth insideis madness. This morningshe will be easywith what is human. She will writethese words. She will rememberto dream. And dreaming is the one thingwe have that's really ours, vulnerablyand unalterably, ours....We need dreamers. She will write thissimply and slowly. Our capacity to dreamis linked in marriage to the green world.Dreaming is natural, is necessary.Dreaming is non-strategicspace. Seeing the world as it is.Dreaming is the deepest wayof thinking. Co-emergent wisdom.Before language dreamedendlessly in green.Anything natural bends, treesare complete circles.
Ahhhh. Trees are complete circles. And our breath. And the space between us--all the beautiful open space.
Peace and love to you all, dear ones.
PS: If you are interested in K. Louise's work, please email me for contact info. The Green Room is published by Leaf Press, Lantzville, BC, Canada, 2005. www.leafpress.ca