A Thursday post on a Friday – Found Poetry all Around!

It has been an even busier week for me than normal (which is always set to “very busy” anyway) so I wound up combining my Thursday post with my Friday post. But first, I wanted to put in a plug for everyone to go and check out the wonderful post (<– there!) that ~Meredith of the fabulous Living is Not Mental Illness blog wrote about Henry Darger. I had recommended the 2004 documentary about Darger called The Realms of the Unreal (the full length documentary is available free on YouTube); ~Meredith took me up on the offer and her response to it was so eloquent. I loved it. Check it out!

With no further ado, may I present my week in found poetry:

It started with a surprise haiku on my iced tea…

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Then, midweek, while cleaning out a drawer, I happened upon a scrap of a poem I had cut out of a magazine so many years ago…

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…it reminded me both of that great poem (which you can read here) and the universal desire for a place to call home.

To end my work week, I made a pilgrimage to photograph my favorite street sign in the city. I’ve been admiring the meditative – nearly Buddhist – quality of this particular street sign for a few months now (which is a strange sentence to write, but there you are!). I’ve not seen another of its kind yet in my wanderings about Boston and I decided that it made a one-word poem almost as much as Mr. Cor van den Heuval’s famous one word “Tundra” haiku:

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I hope your week was poetic as well. Happy Friday and Spring Equinox!

 

18 comments

  1. Thank you for posting this! I am Holly Aglialoro, and Ito En never contacted me about winning their Haiku Contest–hmm. Well, I am glad my humble haiku dedicated to the lovely lilac enhanced your tea-drinking experience!

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    1. Hi Holly! I’m so glad you found it – I had no idea you didn’t know about the fame that your haiku had achieved! I also tweeted your haiku and it’s one of the most re-tweeted tweets I’ve written (granted, my twitter account is a microscopic blip, but still!). I’ve retweeted it this evening so that it will appear on the Illustrated Poetry Twitter sidebar. I hope you see it. Do you have a website or blog? I’d love to visit and read more of your poetry!

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      1. Thank you very much, Marcy. My brother found it–I do not even have a Twitter account. Actually, I am a Retail Merchandiser by day, and a Certified Aromatherapist, who does very little teaching and making of products anymore due to said day job. Most of my doodlings are expressions of my gratitude to the plants and trees for their perfect expressions of love and healing of mind, body, and spirit. If YOU are a writer, I would love to read your poetry.

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      2. Dear Holly, I love that your poems are expressions of gratitude towards the plants and trees you have come to know through aromatherapy. If you are interested in having more of your haiku or poems of gratitude featured here, I’d love to have them. As for me, you have found my site! Illustrated Poetry is where I put both my art paired with poetry and, about once a week, my own poems. I’ve got a few short stories up on another blog – Red String Paper Cuts – but otherwise my day job is a research scientist.

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      3. Hi, Marcy. I am enjoying your blog. I have been a bit slow to dig up old doodlings, but here is Holly’s Haiku #2 from a previous Spring…

        A cherry blossom
        pink and plump in late April
        ever soothes my soul.

        Keep up the good work with your left AND right brain brilliance.

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      4. Thank you so much, Holly! Your haiku has perfect timing because I just posted on Saturday about a cherry blossom haiku that I stumbled across in Boston Common – it may be summer, but the cherry blossoms are still fresh in our minds!

        If you are up for it, we could illustrate your haiku (or if you already have it with a doodle!) and feature it here. I’d love to – let me know. I was thinking of you today because I ordered a book about female healing traditions from around the world (herbalism, midwifery, etc) and thought of your aromatherapy inspired haiku. Thank you for sharing them!

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      5. Hello again, Marcy. You are more than welcome to add drawings to the cherry blossom haiku. The plants and trees inspire me and I am sure they grant you permission to let your inspiration display our love of the serenity the cherry blossoms impart on our souls. If you want to learn more and inspire your own poetry, check out the Wisdom of the Earth website. The owner, Barry Kapp, lives in Sedona and was the shaman who certified me in Medicinal Aromatherapy.
        Take good care and happy healing.

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  2. What an odd little sign. Do you think it was placed there by the city? Someone should call the Department of Signs (or whatever they are called) and find out why it has been placed there. It’s quite curious.

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    1. Agreed – it is one of the oddest ones in a city full of quirky signs! It seems official to me (although that would be a fantastic street art project!). Was it a “special order” from the city sign department or what? My best guess is that it is summarizing what would otherwise be 5 or 6 “No parking” and “No stopping” signs. You can’t tell from the photo, since I’m a rather short person and was shooting up at the sign at an angle, but it is at a busy intersection where there is a popular bus stop and a streetcar crossing. But the ultimate result is a moment of zen.

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  3. ~Meredith’s post was amazing; thanks for letting us know about it and the documentary — goodness you are filling up my To Be Watched list… 🙂

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    1. You’re so welcome! I had to share her awesome post about Darger with the world. She was able to put into words so many of the feelings I’d had about his story. Thank you for tweeting about it too!

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  4. Loved your collage of found obZenities!

    The sign seems to be telling me that Nothing is a narrow line of the utmost peculiarity proceeding from left to right through the city of Boston, and that we should take an extra large step, or maybe hop slightly, in order to cross over it without difficulty. Are there any bridges, I wonder. A very helpful sign. Of all the potentially helpful signs that are missing in Boston, they have this one…

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    Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael! In Boston, it is so difficult to know what to do – this Nothing line will meander and it will change names several times and become a one-way street before we reach a pedestrian bridge to cross it. Street signs? Optional here. “Nothing” signs? A must. 🙂

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  5. Reminds me of the verse of “This Land is Your Land”:
    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing
    That side was made for you and me

    Perfect!

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    1. Thanks! I know, it could go on for a while that way – “Turn left at the sign that says nothing” – “so I look for a blank sign?” – “no, it says nothing”…

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