Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IGWRT's Get Listed & Friday Flash 55 "My Butterfly"

Self-Portrait - Acrylic, Ebony, Charcoal (won a Scholastic Gold Key Award)
My Butterfly

Reflected like stars
within your crystal blues

is spring and youth-filled dreams
dappled with yes,

presented decorously
upon today's silver platter,

some visions already realized,
some nibbled upon,

while others await
a future rejuvenation.

Soar, my butterfly, set
a bedazzling pace

and remember:

Treasure your yesterdays,
hope for tomorrow,

and always
embrace the moment.

by Mommy  (Margaret Bednar), May 22, 2013

This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Get Listed"  The three words I selected from the list: dapple, tomorrow, pace.  This is also for Friday Flash 55 .

My daughter graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Art's high school program for Visual Arts.

Thomas Shumacher was the commencement speaker (he is president of Disney Theatrical Group) and his speech was OUTSTANDING!  My poem reflects three things I walked away with:  be present (in daily life), say "yes" (more often than no), and rejuvenation is not failure.

THEN... from the orchestra pit arose a grand piano and ... Alan Menken!!  He is famous for his Disney lyrics and scores.  (Think "Little Mermaid", "Beauty & the Beast", "Hercules" ... oh just the last 20+ years of Disney magic)  Below is a video of his medley he put together just for UNCSA's class of 2013!


Peggy said...

You must be so proud of your butterfly. Beautiful poem and beautiful photo. Have a wonderful time on your mom-daughter trip.

Margaret said...

Thank you Peggy. We are back from our trip. :)

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Congratulations to your daughter! The graduation ceremony sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing the the three lessons you walked away with - they are good lessons for us all!

Grace said...

She is a beautiful butterfly ~ Congrats to her and her beautiful family, specially the proud mother ~

Love the message, yes, yes and yes ~

Anonymous said...

you're so in tuned with the inner soul! A wonderful Wonderful tribute! Loved it, friend !

Kay L. Davies said...

You must be so proud of your butterfly, Margaret. She is lovely and talented.

Marian said...

wow, simply wonderful! congratulations to both of you!

Peggy said...

I want to thank you for the post you had in the righthand column of your submission for the Virtual Paintout. What an interesting site! Looks like a fun idea. And I like your SF submission as well!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your whole creative family! Your daughter looks like Amy Adams, a real beauty, and obviously with the smarts and arts that enhance...

So glad you visited the day I wrote on Chelsea's painting, and thanks for the comments... I am hoping you're right about the clock and the ankh... Peace, Amy

Fireblossom said...

Woohoo! Congratulations to the graduate!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Gorgeous! From artwork and words to the wonderful bond between mother and daughter.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful event! You've created an amazing tribute to your daughter.

hedgewitch said...

Ah, the youth-filled dreams--sort of a reversal of dream-filled youth--I know how those phrases come out of the void and seem to make us deal with them at times--it's well-used here, and speaking of stages, congratulations on your butterfly leaving the college cocoon in full glory and spreading her wings on the summer air.

aprille said...

Those are the days made of butterfly wings, to carry forth dreams and realizations of dreams.
So precious.

g-man said...

Mariposa d'Oro
A chip off the old block for sure
You and your family are so talented
Too bad Vaudeville isn't around anymore....:P
Loved Everything Margaret
Sometimes you leave me speachless
Have a Kick Ass Week End

Margaret said...

Galen - Golden Butterfly! I love that Spanish phrase. :)

TALON said...

Oh, what a beautiful poem, Margaret, and what a beautiful ceremony! Congratulations to your daughter and the Class of 2013! (How old that year makes me feel - lol!)

Brian Miller said...

woohoo congratulations to your daughter...that is awesome...and i know you are beeming the proud mother as well..and what a show they put on for you...big smiles

Alice Audrey said...

Ah, that's right, it is graduation season. My ds graduated right after Christmas, so we kind of skipped most of that.

Janna said...

How lovely!
I love the idea of saying "Yes" more often than "no."

Unless, of course, the questions are things like "Do you love Brussels Sprouts?" "Would you like to know what was in that hot dog you just ate?" and "Have you ever kissed a llama?"

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Outlawyer said...

Margaret -- Manicddaily here. Especially love dappled with yes. Such a great line! And lovely internal rhyme. Congrats to yor daughter and to her mom! K.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Congratulations to her, and may she heed your wise advice!

Akila G said...

WOW! that must have been a proud moments for you, Margaret! congratulations to dotty dear and you and hope you have many more such wondrous moments!! and feed us more of your dotty's works!

The simplicity in your msg is powerful

Lady In Read said...

that is so beautiful - you must be proud.. reading this made me think of the years ahead for my own little butterfly - she is but 7 now - but years fly..

izzy said...

Wow what a star filled event Margaret! thank you for sharing--

Other Mary said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! How wonderful. It sounds like a great commencement message, and I really like the poem you've crafted from it. I was really caught by the line, "dappled with yes".

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

You wrote a great graduation present.

Flash 55 - and the green grass grew all around

Ginnie said...

Oh WOW! These are the eternalized moments of a parent's life...let alone the child's! CONGRATULATIONS.

Ella said...

Congrats! This was outstanding~
YOU must be so proud...
I love your poem! <3 @>--------