Poem of the Week–The Flag

To all: a happy and safe Independence Day!

The Flag

When night falls
And lures the moth
Shine a light
On our sacred cloth

The flag sewn
By Betsy Ross
And flown ever since
For our living and lost

A symbol of heroism
Our country of might
So leave our land
If you want to fight

In the wind
She flutters
In the ice she’s frigid
At the Unknowns’ Tomb
Her ceremonies rigid

When day breaks
Look with pride
At the red, white and blue
With stars at her side

Love her –
Keep her flying
Good patriots
Are always complying

The greatest symbol
On Mast and Spar
She’s draped our heroes
Near and far

Barbara Whitmarsh
Bayou City Branch, TX

Art of the Week–new member Ava Cosey

Ava Cosey is a new art member and the first vice president of the recently formed Bayou City Branch (Houston, TX). Active in the visual arts scene in Houston and througout Texas, she was nominated this year for Texas State Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts. She attended Art Advocacy Day – Texas for the Arts in Austin, Texas and the Texas Commission on the Arts Conference, visited the Capitol during the 84th Legislation and met with State Senators.

Her works are a part of permanent collections and galleries, and can be seen at her website http://www.acoseyart.com/. Scroll down for a few works featured here as the Art of the Week.

In her own words:

In 1997, I experienced an epiphany that catapulted her creative, remarkable talent.

Art rejuvenates the soul. I experience infinite inspiration and I am fascinated by the mystery of visualization and its startling effect. I am dedicated to my gift and my passion is to share my God given talents.

I work in all mediums. I use oil, acrylic, pastels, ink and mixed media. I also work with the process of monoprints, silkscreens, etchings, sculpting and fiber arts. I use vivid colors, majestic characters and universal themes in my work. I love painting meaningful images, places and things.

My goal is to capture the interest of the viewer by creating a visual story that will intrigue and invoke emotions which relates to their experiences.

Abstract Warriors Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

Abstract Warriors
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

My Mind Ain't on These Beads Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

My Mind Ain’t on These Beads
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

Determined Oil Painting Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

Determined
Oil Painting
Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

Her painting, “Ancestor’s Torch” was unveiled at the Houston Community College – San Jacinto Auditorium for the nationally acclaimed Kinsey Collection, and traveled to Mississippi State University this spring as part of the Kinsey Treasures Collection. It can be seen here in the background behind speaker Morgan Freeman.

Ava Cosey's work, Ancestor's Torch with the Kinsey Treasures Collection

Ava Cosey’s work, Ancestor’s Torch with the Kinsey Treasures Collection

Poem of the Week-Crop Duster

Crop Duster

The plane takes over the stage
where last night, constellations starred.
The morning’s blue backdrop
rips. Out pops a yellow machine,
double-storied. Oblong wings

tilt, bank, circle, assail
a sea field of corn stalks
high as a bulldozer’s windshield.
Two months ago, the earth opened.
Shouted under vast electric light.

Kernels danced into soil,
sprouted into floppy leaves—
they wave their tassels
to push away the airplane’s
sticky downward-drifting dust.

A shocking plane to fly so low,
just outside a bedroom window.
It should be in a museum, but
the live shadow sails on grass lawns.
Shakes the ears with alarm.

Jeanne DeLarm-Neri
Greenwich Branch, CT

Poem of the Week–Plant Me in Iowa

Plant Me in Iowa No. 2

When only I say it’s time
dear daughters, plant me
in blue-bearded Iris
where I shall wake
to perfumed nights
of fading petals that shyly
ply my touch.
There, will I rest and sleep
in peaceful quietude, alone
and quite at home with God.

Linda Newman Woito
Iowa City Branch, IA

Editor’s Note: Greetings from chilly Melbourne, Australia, where I am with family. I will diligently find time and internet access to give meaning to the “world” in “world wide web.”

Meanwhile, today is the deadline for submissions to the Pen Woman Magazine’s Summer issue. I will now be processing poetry for the Fall and Winter issues, and as usual for the blog.

Poem of the Week-Three Sisters and The Light Between Us

THREE SISTERS

Up in the moors, under the clouds
Sturdy and wide sits a stone house,
Stretching upward, brown and cold,
Mysteriously enveloped in a gray shroud.

From the valley below, nothing is known,
Except for the icy sinister walls
Which trap ancient stories written by three
Talented sisters wrapped in their shawls.

During the day, there is no sign
Of life. But at night the stone house
Becomes mystically alive
As three shadows parade in the candlelight.

As in a trance, they furiously write
Till the break of dawn all through the night,
Those words that death stole from them
Despite their plight.

Three women living in the sturdy stone house.
Sisters that, unflinching, refuse to die.
They whisper their words to poets alive,
The Brontës, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne.

By Alexandra Goodwin
Boca Raton Branch, FL

click here for a link to the Brontë Society in Great Britain for more info about the Brontës and their groundbreaking works.

Light Between Us: True Stories of Healing Through Creative Expression

The Light Between Us, cover painting by Dorothy Atkins

The Light Between Us, cover painting by Dorothy Atkins


Click here to pre-order this collection of stories by Pen Women now! From the back cover by Marilyn Lewis:

The Light Between Us is the open and honest sharing of renewal. Throughout these pages, creative women bear witness to the healing power of artistic and literary expression. These stories will lift your soul and give inspiration to your own new vision.

Poem of the Week–Armistice


Armistice

I pass the long train
as it waits, unmoving,
each flat car carrying military vehicles —
armored tanks with caterpillar tracks,
long gun noses extend into air —
the kind of transport we only see on the news
rolling down the streets of Baghdad,
Helmand province,
Tiananmen Square,
right here in Ceres, California,
and for a minute it jolts me,
all the more ironic
since it is Memorial Day weekend
and this looks like an invasion,
tank after tank after tank,
gray green gigantic Tonka toys
that have played for real
in the game of war,
not raw recruits
but old war horses,
veterans,
hopefully on their way
to some kind of resting place
where they will be honored
for their service,
never used again

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, CA

Art of the Week and New Member Profile

Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Continuing our series on getting to know NLAPW’s newest members, today’s Art of the Week features Bonnie Benschneider Olson of the Pikes Peak Branch, CO. Welcome, Bonnie, it’s an honor to have you as a member! Scroll down to see some of her art and read her art career.

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member



Contemplation of Love (1 of 20) Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Contemplation of Love (1 of 20)
Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member


NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Bonnie has also recently designed a new logo for the Pikes Peak Branch!

Bonnie Benschneider Olson had an early introduction to art and photography and was supported in her interests. Her father, L H Benschneider, was a commercial photographer and teacher, her mother a Pen Woman since 1960 was a prolific painter, writer and sculptor.
Bonnie grew up in Colorado in remarkable natural surrounds. Being immersed in art and the beauty of mountains and love of animals, led her to a genuine desire to express her love of beauty with her own art. She began teaching art in her early twenties and continues to share and teach and create a wide variety of art in pastel, water color, oil, acrylics. She shares her skills with her staff and volunteers at her “memory care” day care center for seniors with cognitive challenges.

Bonnie has a degree in Fine Art and Education from the University of Colorado. She continues to study and develop as an artist through continuing study with various artists through the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. She uses her technical skills and artistic expression to create one of a kind commissioned portraits. She is also developing several books based on her mother’s vast inventory of litergical paintings and vintage Colorado watercolors as well as her mother’s collection of Broadmoor Art Academy lithographs and her father’s inventory of Time-Life photos and Alexander Film archive photos.

Poem of the Week–Between Times

Between Times

During hard, empty-hearted years
I fled to your place, wherever it was,
to get my breath, my footing,
to talk over cups of French-pressed coffee
about parents who drank too much
and men who loved too little.
After you went to work, I padded around your home,
savoring the cool tiles of your kitchen beneath my bare feet,
and the coarse thick yellow-green grass outdoors in your yard
before settling into a comfortable chair with my diary to consider
it all, mostly love and work.
When you came home, we talked and talked,
two friends weaving the fine silken threads
of their lives into handiworks
with which to wrap truth
and hold it
for a moment.

Christie Palmer Lowrance
Cape Cod Branch, MA

Poem of the Week–My Child Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to every woman, whether your child is grown, still with you minute-by-minute, or is your art!

My Child

My love for you, my child,
is warm and tender,
yet it is fierce and strong

My love for you, my child,
is full of wonder; delighted with your victories,
yet wants to shield you from the world beyond

My love for you, my child,
is knowing love,
it’s wary of the time to come,
when you will leave for distant shores

Now spread your wings, my child,
and fly away, though do remember:
my home and heart are always open

Come back and lick your wounds,
then fly away again
to new adventures

Ute Buehler
Minnesota Branch

Editor’s note on the apostrophe in Mother’s Day:

Oh, the details! To put an apostrophe in the word “Mother” and if so, before or after the “s”? Here’s why I chose to put make it Mother’s Day, singular possessive, from www.betterwritingskills.com. After all, we as Pen Women, honor the legacy of creators, so let’s honor the creator of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, and each our own (individual) mother.

Art of the Week–Street Art Critic

HONORABLE MENTION Street Art Critic Soon Yi Warren Fort Worth Branch

HONORABLE MENTION
Street Art Critic
Soon Yi Warren
Fort Worth Branch

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