Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Half in This World Half Yet to Arrive

You may know that in addition to my artwork I also write poetry (posted on my blog Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?). For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Half in This World Half Yet to Arrive

In what fairy tale did you speak your first words?
What magic made you
a flower in a garden a wise frog friend
a seer
wearing a mended apron and a divided mind
who sees me as I am with one eye
and with the other
knows me as I might be?

What spell cast over your house knitted its roof
embroidered its windows
What hand colored in the empty spaces
with feathered strokes of hope?

5/1/20
Large Artist Sketchbook 2020 image 27

10 thoughts on “Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Half in This World Half Yet to Arrive

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I admit that the image was one of those processes where I sort of put things on paper with no idea what they were. Then later I added more, and then finally they emerged into something. I do like how this picture and its poem went together. And once again, you know how I like fairy tales with their blend of magic, down to earth thoughts, and just plain outlandish elements.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I am not sure where this one came from (the image, I mean) it just kind of evolved. But the poem was clear to me once I had the picture. Another fairy tale emerges.

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