Double Original Friday – A poem for the Versatile Blogger Award

IMG_2959It is good to be back after a little break, which included a camping trip to Sequoia National Park. It is fortuitous as well, I think, to start posting again on the first day of National Poetry Month. Right before I left for my trip, Little Monster Girl nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award – thank you, LMG! If you enjoy comics that are fun and off-beat (and often NSFW), then you should definitely check out Little Monster Girl and follow along with Zela’s antics.

As regular readers know, I take a very liberal approach to awards and take a mix and match approach to them – but here are the official rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Display Award
  • Thank the person who nominated you ✔
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to 10 other bloggers


I thought this award was a good excuse to put up the “Portrait in Letters” painting above (acrylic on recycled paper) and make the seven facts about myself into a poem (it is National Poetry Month, after all!). All of these are true, no April’s Fools:

It was broad daylight
when I would prep cadavers
for $12 an hour back in the day

But night when
I turned to see Robin Williams
once dining at the table next to me

A home without
an overflowing bookshelf
is not home for me at all

Home is also in the desert
where I am free,
roll the windows down

Stop for a date shake,
but never a soda –
never have liked those.

Forget that time I got
seasick in a kayak
and remember the time

I went to the Louvre by myself,
reading every single placard,
as I always do – no one waiting
impatiently for me to finish!

My nominations are always “No Strings Attached” – so these folks should feel no pressure to take up the award – I only hope to introduce more people to these fabulous bloggers. This time I wanted to highlight Illustrators, particularly science/nature themed illustrators:

1.The Science of Illustration: Ms. Choudhury describes her two major passions as “science and art” and she works to visually interpret new and interesting science. Science communication and illustration is so incredibly important, I hope you all check out her work. 

2. Red Newt Gallery: Dr. Landin’s tagline for her blog is: “Where art and biology collide” – SOLD! I was introduced to Dr. Landin’s amazing art blog because she also illustrates for one of my favorite blogs – A-wing and A-way – and I am so glad I now get another regular dose of her art! 

3. The Forester Artist: Mr. Livingston is a forester in Northern California and draws and paints the incredible nature and life around him. I am consistently blown away by his art. He has also illustrated three children’s books and has some pretty adorable dogs!

4. J.C. Morley Arts: Mr. Morley works in a number of mediums, with a bent towards the abstract, and the quality and breadth of his work inspires me to be a better and more diverse artist. 

5. Victor Szepessy Artist: I think this is Mr. Szepessy’s second Versatile Blogger Nomination – but in terms of versatility, one can never have too much of that, right? In terms of art, Mr. Szepessy draws and paints very cool doodles, comics, and portraits. I always look forward to his next creation.  

Thank you again, LMG! I wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful weekend!



  1. Congratulations on the award. Really enjoyed your personal facts poem, brilliant! Your portrait painting/poem is equally brilliant and lovely. Thank you for sharing your art and introducing some new blog sites.


    1. Thank you so much, Haunani! It is always my pleasure – I am honored to be able to connect and introduce artists on WP. It was fun to do the “Facts” poem and trying to start out National Poetry Month right!

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  2. Marcy, great touch with the “Portrait in Letters” poem and illustration combo! Congratulations as well on the new award (and many thanks for nominating Jenn’s blog.) It’s nice to have you back after what must have been an amazing trip to Sequoia.


    1. Thank you! It is my pleasure – science + art is a winning combination in my book! I’m always happy when she posts new drawings and interesting articles. It was a great trip to Sequoia, there was even some snow on the ground, a refreshing change from the last time I was there a few years ago (although not enough snow, sadly to even put a dent in the drought here).

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      1. She enjoys doing them. Of course, she also encouraged me to get involved with blogging! I am glad that Sequoia had some snow and you had a good time there. Perhaps spring will bring some much-needed showers soon.


      2. I am so glad that she did! A-Wing and A-Away is in my personal blog “hall of fame,” if you will!

        Fingers crossed on the rain! L.A. got only ~6.5 inches so far for the year, up from previous years, but still down from the average of 13.5…

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      3. Illustrated Poetry is in mine! I’m a regular follower. I do hope you all get more rain, especially since the risk of wildfires usually go up this time of year.


    1. Thank you! I always try to put an “Illustrated Poetry” spin on the awards. I hope my no-strings-attached nomination of your art blog nets you a few new visitors – I truly enjoy all of your art. It was great to see both “Passage” prints, do you plan to do more in that series?

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      1. It was so kind of you to nominate my blog Marcy, thanks so much. I look forward to checking out your other nominations. I don’t have any plans for more in the series for now but something may emerge down the line.


  3. Marcy, I saw some postcards with typing on them that immediately made me think of you…when I get my photos from the exhibit organized, I’ll send a couple examples to you. Love your “typed” painting. Did you ever find a typewriter?
    Well deserved award, and I enjoyed your poetic answering. (K)


    1. Very neat! I look forward to seeing your photos – who was the artist?
      I haven’t found a typewriter yet, but I have been putting feelers out to some friends and relatives – I’m hoping to acquire one from a trusted source.
      Thank you so much! For National Poetry Month, I figure it had to be a “Personal Fact Poem”!

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  4. Thank you, Marcy! 😀 You are right – you can never have too much versatility. Much appreciated. I really like how your award acceptance post still combines your illustration and poetry 😀


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