Wednesday, February 22, 2006


This was my entry for this week's Illustration Friday for the theme: Song. This is also my first mixed media collage piece. Yay! I did it. And what's more, I had fun. In celebration, I want to share with you a poem by Lorna Crozier. I pulled out some of her poems that I had tucked away, looking for the rest of the one I quoted yesterday. In its stead, I offer this:

Put a Finger to Your Lips
by Lorna Crozier

My heart lies sleeping in the rushes
in a willow basket lined with cotton.

It is sleeping until it learns to be gentle.
It is sleeping until a woman lifts her skirts
and wades in the water to claim it
though it would rather live
in a red fox, a willow basket.

Lovers circle in the shape of swallows,
devour mosquitoes and the heart's malice.
Shooting stars trace its history across the sky.

In its dream it puts on feathers,
it puts on turquoise slippers.
In its dream it plays Billie Holiday
on a gramophone.

Put a finger to your lips, don't disturb
the angels dancing on the heart's pins.
In white rushes it is learning
to be gentle.


liz elayne said...

it is learning to be gentle. thank you for sharing this poem. beautiful.
and your collage is fantastic. bravo to you for trying something new!! and i love how it invites the idea of song...
(and thank you for your kind comment on my blog today - just made my heart so happy)

Laini Taylor said...

Such beautiful imagery in that poem - words that m make your mind hum. Love it! Never heard of that poet - who is it? Also - glad you had fun with your collage!

megg said...

Hi! Your collage is beautiful! WELL DONE YOU! I have yet to take that plunge. I'm so looking forward to seeing more of your creativity! And the poem was lovely - so soft and gentle, it was almost like you were whispering it to me. Sigh! Thank you!

P.S. How did your exams go?! Or haven't you done them yet?

Jamie said...

It's so nice to wake up to your comments! Thank you so much. I really appreciate your support on my collage. It was hard to start and hard to share but wonderful to work on. I learned a lot. I have ideas about what I think worked, what didn't, but mostly I'm just glad I did it!

Laini, Lorna Crozier is a Canadian poet. Her website is I love her poetry, especially the use of simple words to create something so evocative.

And Meg my exam isn't until the end of March (and I might actually reschedule it for a bit later) but my prep is going so well! My Coaching Extravaganza is a big hit! Thanks so much for asking :)

Frankie said...

It's a BEAUTIFUL poem! Thanks so much for sharing it! Your collage looks absolutely fantastic! I'm so jealous of your artistic talent.

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Sacred Suzie said...

OK, I want to hear about the stuff you used for the collage, how you did it, what did you use to attach the stuff, how big is this piece... It's amazing! I guess I really want to learn how to do this. Did you take a picture of you and print it off your computer?

Jamie, you totally rock!

chest of drawers said...

Beautiful! Beautiful colours and beautiful words!