Monday, February 15, 2010

The Great Reckoning



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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.

6 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

it got really great .

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Caio. Yes, this is the way it is sometimes — two pieces of art run away together and get married while their parents are busy with the other kids....

Momo Luna said...

Oh this is great! And is the internet-blogosphere not wonderful? I am happy to read this, to see how people all over the world making each other happy. And i know exactly what you mean: everytime as someone comment on a post you feel lucky and blessed. And it's so wonderful to meet inspiring people from all over the world on the internet and to connect.

Sweet greetz!

William Michaelian said...

I agree. It’s a great adventure. I can’t begin to count all the good things that have happened because of the fine people I’ve met in this crazy online world.

Always nice to hear from you!

Elisabeth said...

This is wonderful. More power to poetry and to cyberspace and to blog friends who write, paint, draw, photograph ,sculpt, cook, sing, garden, joke, play, love etc and care.

William Michaelian said...

Absolutely. And just for the heck of it, let’s underline those last four, shall we?