June BJP

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm getting close - just two more to finish! June's project is dedicated to my daughter Jill as she was born in June. The following poem by Robert Duncan is one of her favorites. I was trying to figure out how to interpret it and asked Jill for her thoughts. It took her about 2 seconds to sketch something that I really liked so I went with that!

Often I Am Permitted To Return To A Meadow

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,
that is not mine, but is a made place,

that is mine, it is so near to the heart,

an eternal pasture folded in all thought

so that there is a hall therein

that is a made place, created by light

wherefrom the shadows that are forms fall.

Wherefrom fall all architectures I am
I say are likenesses of the First Beloved

whose flowers are flames lit to the Lady.

She it is Queen Under The Hill

whose hosts are a disturbance of words within words

that is a field folded.

It is only a dream of the grass blowing

east against the source of the sun
in an hour before the sun's going down

whose secret we see in a children's game

of ring a round of roses told.

Often I am permitted to return to a meadow

as if it were a given property of the mind
that certain bounds hold against chaos,

that is a place of first permission,
everlasting omen of what is.

~Robert Duncan


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love this "encrusted" look and must figure out how to bead it. Lovely poem. :)

Robin said...

...an eternal pasture folded in all thought...certain bounds hold against chaos...

On first reading Duncan's poem seems like a difficult one to interpret with beads. Interesting to me that an idea came quickly to Jill. With or without the poem, the piece is lovely and evocative of a safe haven whether real or of the mind. Well done, both of you!

Two more... Ahhh, the sweet fragrance of completion wafts about you!

KV said...

As always, your pieces are positively wonderful! Lovely, lovely job on this one, Robin . . .

Kathy V in NM

robin michelle said...

Barbara-I like the encrusted look also - I just bead really close! I especially like the way heavily beaded pieces feel, so substantial.

Robin-I was surprised how fast she came up with the idea! I'd probably still be thinking. Very excited that I'm close to finishing!

Kathy-Thanks so much!

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