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Isn’t this wonderful? The untitled poem is by Gary B. Fitzgerald, and the drawing, “Shelter,” is the last one I made in 2009. As you’ll see in the comments for that entry, Gary responded with a poem — this poem — and now, not quite two months later, I’ve received this lovely presentation of both from him in the mail. The piece, which measures approximately 9¾ x 22¾ inches, is one of three bearing images of mine “illustrated” with words by Gary in this manner. The others were curled more tightly in transit, so I’ll have to try to photograph them later. In the meantime, his untitled poem that accompanies “Birch Scrolls” can be found in the comments on this page, and his poem, “Tsunami,” which he used to illustrate my drawing, “Dark Tide,” can be found in the comments here. And a quick note note about “Dark Tide”: that drawing was a response to “Tsunami,” part of which goes like this:
I see a dark tide of crows in the pasture
as though the trees were hung with black crepe.
I see hundreds of raucous and shouting
black birds, but their bivouac is brief.
And so, around and around we go. These gifts were completely unexpected; and yet, knowing Gary, they’re really no surprise.
Note: My thanks to Conrad DiDiodato and John Levy, who also responded with poems, and to everyone else who commented on those entries. Each time I hear from someone, I feel lucky all over again.