Saturday, November 24, 2012

IGWRT's Sunday-Mini Challenge "Celestial Canvas"


Celestial Canvas

Upon midnight blue
twinkling visions flit and flirt
laurel, myrtle, azure, and sky

as I, of orbs that never close,
recline beneath leafy canopy.
Watch as Strawberry Moon

reaches through slatted sanctuary
smoothing eventide's blanket
about my velveteen.

Tomorrow, my creator
will climb aloft and hold me close,
as whisper, I, celestial secrets in her ear.

I'll watch as tingling radiance
travels lengthy fingertips,
saturating canvas with magic.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, June 26, 2012

I have also linked this poem with Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Sunday-Mini Challenge"- Dolls.  I will be writing a few more original poems based on student-created dolls - this one I wrote back in June as it is my daughter's creation.


My daughter (below) with the doll she created for her junior high school class at a University.  It is all hand stitched. She has a doll "baby" she has loved since she was one year old.  It is, well, something that should probably be burned, but she protects the well-loved doll with her life (believe me, at one time I tried to purge my house of it).

This doll was to reflect her in some way, as well as the "container".  It is a tree house.  She could just as well have put the doll in a swing as that is the other thing she adored as a child (and still does).  The moon and stars have always fascinated her.


and with "baby"...


Oh, my daughter also loves crowns and Paris ;)

21 comments:

Green Speck said...

This is a beautiful doll, and I love the poem that reflects such a nice story ... well done !!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a wonderful way to make us all aware of the process behind the dolls, and what they meant to their creators.
I love your luscious choice of words, particularly the strawberry moon.

Peggy said...

Wonderful prompt and I like the poem too. I do have a question. How can I download one of the doll photos from Real Toads? I tried clicking on the photo I want to use and got it on a black background with the other photos at the bottom. I tried copying this to my new post on my blog and it blanked out everything else on my post (the poem LOL). Anyway I know there is a way to do this!! Peggan@aol.com. Thanks

Hannah said...

Margaret!!! It is so exciting to see such talent and raw inspiration!!! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing your daughter and her art...and baby! :)

Susan said...

A wonderful share--doll and daughter and poem. I love the richness of the play on words canvass and teen and images: eyes/orbs/velveteens/fingers . . . .

Susan said...

PS: Is the doll huge or the daughter tiny?

Helen said...

Susan 'wondered' my first thought ... how huge is this doll? Margaret, your poem, the doll, your daughter .. everything rolled into one beautiful package ~~ a gift!!

Emma Major said...

How amazing, I'm blown away by the doill andthe poem, off towrite mine now

Laurie Kolp said...

Aww, this is so delightful... your poem, your daughter and her lovely doll. What an accomplishment!!

Fireblossom said...

That doll seems nearly alive, and no wonder...look at the artist who made her, all smiles and happy with the doll she made!

One must always watch out for a redhead, and this one seems to be comfortable in any melieu. Treehouse or tea party, Paris or Podunk, she's so there. I love her!

hedgewitch said...

This doll reminded me of you in some ways when I saw her--perhaps because she is so fashionably well turned out--but now I make the connection through your daughter, as daughters and mothers do share a lot, though of course, are both individuals in their own right(even if they sometimes have to fight to prove it. ;_) ) I really enjoyed the serene self-image of this poem's narrator, and can picture her sitting on a crescent moon and humming happily. Thanks so much for this wonderful challenge, Margaret, and many many thanks also to the talented young people who made these amazing dolls.

manicddaily said...

Pretty darn cool! The doll's eyes so beautiful and your daughter too. k.

Lolamouse said...

I love the image of the Strawberry Moon! Yes, the eyes of this doll glow with life, just like your daughter's! What a great project and a terrific bunch of dolls!

my heart's love songs said...

what these students did is really amazing! i've made much smaller scale dolls for my granddaughter so i know how much work went into these!

thanks for sharing them at real toads!

Susie Clevenger said...

I love your daughter's depiction of herself. What a wonderfully creative suggestion from her teacher. I also love your poem. I was going to choose a favorite part, but when I started trying to write them down I had almost all the poem copied. Great Work!!

Margaret said...

Awe... so many nice comments! I want you to know I have read through this at least three times.

The doll is a good size, as you can see it next to my daughter. Not all were this size, but some were. The mermaid was quite large, the "horse" much smaller.

Ginnie said...

To be honest, I love your daughter's doll the best...and not just because she's your daughter! :)

Fireblossom said...

I am swiping that last "Paris" picture to write to. Okay? If that's not allowed, please let me know and I won't use it.

Margaret said...

Swipe AWAY!! :)

Mystic_Mom said...

Love the words, the photos and the love and respect for your daughter. :-)

Ella said...

You daughter is beautiful! I love this challenge and wondered if middle school or high school?
Beautiful verse and I love the photos! I might try another one... :D