Poem of the Week: Mimosas

Thelma A. Giomi
Yucca Branch, NM
 
Yesterday, I walked under a canopy of mimosa trees,
Maybe a dozen,
Who could count the fragrance was so intoxicating,
The shade so soothing.
Then someone pointed out
That mimosas are inherently messy.
Like being in love,
Or acting on what you say you believe—
Beauty and truth will always be messy,
For those who look down.
 
 

Poem of the Week: Surprise

Elizabeth Yale
Bayou City II
 
I could smell it as soon as I walked in the door
breakfast
pancakes, oil on the cast iron skillet
his face so endearing, bedhead still there
“I made us pancakes with peanut butter and honey”
a sign of his ever deepening love
 
a surprise so simple, offered with tea
changes the heart, prefers to let in
the insatiable gratitude of lovers in part
and the grace of the Spirit evoking a grin
overflowing the vessel, to end is to begin
 

Poem of the Week: The Grass Is Damp

By Barb Whitmarsh

Bayou City ll Branch, Texas 

 

The grass is damp with crystalline dew

Orderly white gravestones

They’re wet too

The flags are lowered

Until dawn

What leaps past it all?

A tiny fawn

Innocence growing bolder

Not a chance

For our lost soldiers

With lives ahead

No matter what for

But they were taken

In chaotic war

Cry, yes cry, spill your tears

Life moves forward

For many years

And if you cannot

Bow in prayer

Show in some other way

You care

Whisper endearing words

That many dear brothers

Never heard

Pat some markers

No matter the ranks

For all we can truly give —

Is thanks

Poem of the Week: Apology in D Minor

Barbara Sillery
Cape Cod Branch

 

The sky is falling.
There’s a hole in the ground.
Hug me. Hug me, now.

 

The road is too narrow.
The hill is too steep.
Hug me, hug me quick.

 

I didn’t do it right.
I didn’t do it at all.
Hug me. Hold me. Please.

 

It just happened that’s all.
It does you know—
flat tires, gray hairs, wrong turns,
hurricanes, fires, floods, pestilence,
and then there’s that big one—Woe.
A half a hug would do.

 

It sounds better in French:
Je ne sâis pas pourquoi—
I do not know why, 
but the logic remains as pitiful.
So perhaps, s’il vous plaît,
un petite hug por moi? 

 

So here I stand
awaiting the verdict,
wishing I could
create a reason,
even an unreason
would be nice.
But what if there isn’t?

 

Hug me anyway?

Art of the Week: Still Life with Peachblow Vase

Kathryn Kleekamp
NLAPW Cape Cod Branch
Still Life with Peachblow Vase
Oil on Canvas
Size: 13″ x 22″
www.SandwichArt.com

 

 

Kathryn was inspired to paint this favorite vase of her husband, Charles. He was given it by his mother, Irene, who was an antique collector. The vase has been featured on a United States Postage Stamp.

 

Art of the Week: Jungle Jewel

Polly Curran
Sarasota, Florida Branch
Photography
Pollycurranphotography.zenfolio.com

 

 

Polly Curran is an award-winning Artistic Nature photographer.   “The natural beauty of each individual leaf or flower becomes a work of art through the camera.  Their natural beauty gives me a strong sense of intimacy in even the smallest things.  I try to bring out the best feature of a flower, leaf or tree to capture the soul of the image.”

 

For Jungle Jewel,the moment she saw this beautiful Heliconia and began to look at all aspects of this tropical beauty it was an emotional experience. As she looked more deeply at this unique flower, searching for its soul, Curran felt a sense of excitement. Her lens found what she was looking for. Her love for haiku poetry, has given her a way to express the emotional moment when she feels that she has found that special beauty in nature. Below is the Haiku Curran wrote for this image:

 

Jungle Jewel.

Light and color abound,

Nature’s treasure

 

Art of the Week: Humming the Blues

Susie Monzingo
Fort Worth, Texas
Humming the Blues, Mixed Media, 11×14
At : Your Private Collection Art Gallery, Granbury ,TX
www.silverliningartwork.com

 

 

Painter of all things in Mother Nature, Susie Monzingo thinks nothing depicts spring in Texas more than bluebonnets and hummingbirds. So she painted both! With an abundance of bluebonnets this year and families all over the area in the fields taking family photos, Monzingo created this work from acrylic on gold leaf background.

 

She said it “reminds me when our daughter was really young and we took her Easter picture in a field of bluebonnets off the side of the road. These scenes evoke sweet memories as I hope this painting will.”

 

Poem of the Week: My Poem Placed!

Lois Batchelor Howard
Palm Springs Branch

 

A friend said

I must be jumping out of my skin

That’s quite a picture

I see my outsides crumpled

to the floor

…my insides…

a newer younger ‘looks of me’…

jumping and dancing about the room

then about the town

Some time later

when I calmed down a bit

I jumped back into my waiting skin

my excitement and I now ‘one’

waltzing together

in the bright sunlight

shining through the open door

 

Art of the Week: Quiet Walk

Katie Turner
CNY Branch of NLAPW
“Quiet Walk”
Watercolor on Terraskin paper, 23”x30”
Website: http://www.ktartstudio.com/

 

 

Dancing brushes, flowing paint and vibrant colors blend together in Katie Turner’s watercolors.  She has developed a painting style of spontaneity while maintaining a quiet balance of chaos and control.  The slick nature of the papers she uses enables her to keep the paintings fresh, evocative and joyful.

 

“Painting is one way I’m able to share with others. My favorite subjects are from nature and almost always flowers.  They can carry mythological, religious or even medical meaning and can bring such beauty and joy into a space.   A flower is a testimony that the world is designed for enjoyment.”

 

Art of the Week: Magnificent Hummingbird

Judy Bingman
Santa Clara Branch, San Jose, CA
“Magnificent Hummingbird” (photographed in Costa Rica)
Photography
(blog: judybingmanphotography)

 

 

For Judy Bingman, hummingbirds have been a favorite to photograph. But it hasn’t always been that way.

 

Bingman, a two-term president of the Santa Clara branch of NLAPW, taught physical education at Los Gatos, CA High School for 35 years. During the last eleven years she also directed both the LGHS concert and marching bands. She herself plays a haunting saxophone.

 

“After my first trip to Africa in 1998 I knew wildlife photography would be my love,” she says. But it was not until her retirement that she was able to seriously pursue her new career as a professional photographer.

 

Because of her lifelong love of nature and animals, she naturally focused her camera on birds and wild animals throughout the world. Bingman has traveled to India for the tigers; Brazil for jaguars; Africa for mountain gorillas; Antarctica for penguins, and Canada for polar bears. She has snorkeled with the whales, sat 4 feet from an 12 foot long anaconda she was photographing, been awed by the aurora borealis dancing overhead, and figured out how to get her camera to work in minus 42 degree weather. Alaska, Iceland, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have also been on her itinerary.

 

With such an eclectic background it’s no wonder other professionals call her photographs “emotion-filled”! But, back to the hummingbirds . . . Bingman continues her excursions to photograph the hummingbirds and now gives workshops at her home to teach others how to photograph these fast little wonders.