Tuesday, September 29, 2020

End-of-Embraceable-Summer Slice

"Find your joy and let it run your life." - Cleo Wade

Cleo is a writer, poet, and author "being hailed as the "Millenial Oprah." As a positivity personality, I am drawn to her inspirational quotes. I open this segment of my Embraceable Summer Gallery offering joy to those who take a quick gallery walk through the collection of inspirational, artistic expressions. 

Let's start with a look at slicer Molly Hogan's muted marshland photo found on Twitter. The serenity of the scene offered inspiration to compose a haiku that was quickly tweeted to Molly. 


Welcome to #EmbraceableSummer Gallery Seen Through the Artistry of Slicers

Alone at the marsh. 
Feeling blessed.
-Molly Hogan, 2020

My response to Molly:

stillness sets sharing
end-of-summer quietude-
marshland's gracious gift
©CV, 2020

Slicer Kevin Hodgson's response to Molly:

Blessed is the thin
branch still stretched
from the tree, standing
like a beacon in open
fields of grass and water,
a moment's respite
for birds and poets alike
Spot two is a scene from slicer Terje Akke's country of Estonia seen on her blog.
summer seaside stroll
bright as sunshine it stands-
nature nurtures life
©CV, 2020
Slicer Fran Haley's illustrates the quiet beauty of nature in this lovely photo.
cradled among trees
winding path beckoning-
future is fragile
©CV, 2020

The last stop on the gallery walk was found at slicer Margaret Simon's post, This Photo Wants to Be a PoemIt is a dreamy, digitized photo by another slicer, Paula Bourque.

Margaret Simon drafted the following poem for Paula's photo:

I would like to be remembered*
as someone who softened things
like the still, blue surface
of a lake at dawn.

*words from a Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote, "I would like to be remembered a someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability."
Silence speaks in soft shadows,
inviting life to reflect
upon painted horizons.
©CV, 2020
At the end-of-summer, nature embraces the energy of summertime, cradles earth in shades of golden sand, and folds into the arms of autumn. 

I salute the summer season that still wishes to stay here on Long Island and offer hopes for an abundant autumn of well-being and fiery kaleidoscope colors.
Thank you to the following slicers, Terje Akke, Paula Bourque, Fran Haley, Kevin Hodgson, Molly Hogan, and Margaret Simon, whose work I share in this segment of the Embraceable Summer Global Gallery of Artistic Expressions

Now, I am off to join Two Writing Teachers for the Slice of Life Tuesday.

Friday, September 25, 2020

September Sails On

Poetry Friday is a weekly place to celebrate the power of poetry, so join me this week for another crop of poetic goodness. Our host, Jone MacCulloch, is celebrating many different events with us: the debut of her new website, recognition of the latest collaborative effort of two of my favorite poets, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. Jone provides a sneak peek into their new book, HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving. that celebrates its book birthday on October 15, 2020. Jone is also recognizing National Math Storytelling Day at #MathStorytellingDay, and #NationalBraveDay. Lastly, she invites poetry friends to write a poem that tells a math story or honors a brave woman. 

My math story begins with a digital inspiration created to bring hope to the 2020-2021 school year of learning in a strange new world. I offer a Shadorma poem format that is a new one for me. It consists of a 3-5-3-3-3-7-5 syllable pattern. Pangs of nervousness swell but the excitement of challenge spurs me on. The third image prompts me to create a Zeno, a pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an "abcdefdghd rhyme scheme created by J. Patrick Lewis. The next photo allows me to try out the Poetry Princesses' challenge: use the word ponderous or an image of a hippo in any poetic format. 

bravely taking the helm at sea,
the wheel,
spreads like sea salt
on waves,
rising crystals'
©CV, 2020
Photo by Judi Drucker
 graceful sails blow peacefully,
stretching across new crossways
opening channels of thought

with each swell of swishing waves
ponderous times are set free
summer dances its swan song
©CV, 2020

There is something about a writing challenge that brings on a "be brave" moment. Recalling the sailing trip with our friends, the Druckers, the freshness of the sea air and the gloriously-clear sky freed my mind of worry as summer started to drift away.

For those who missed other editions of my #EmbraceableSummer Gallery filled with poetic goodness and artistic expressions from around the globe, please click on the following:

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September Bidding Summer Godspeed

September slips in with a summer stance but midway starts to offer a slight change in the temperature. This is when I tend to indulge in the last hurrahs of summer: those anticipated wanderings of the clouds, the slight breezes at the shore, and the whispers in the wind that echo goodby. With each signal, there is an indication that summer is ready for its own vacation. 

At this time, I gather my digital tools to create one last picture of the never to be forgotten summer of 2020. If you click here, you can take a gallery walk through the introduction to Embraceable Summer Gallery and read Laura Purdie Salas' Pandemic Summer. Then, travel backwards in time to Embraceable Summer Gallery 2019 where you can take two more gallery walks into a summer where there were no masks, rules, and social distancing. Click here and here.

There are many sanctuaries of silence along the different water bodies on Long Island that offer a respite from the hectic pace and energy of the summer season. This year there was a special need for September's quiet time to forget the incessant reminders of a deadly pandemic with its socially distancing, washing of hands, and wearing of masks. All across the globe, people sought the beauty of nature to wash away any pain, sorrow, or stress and put a smile on behind their masks. I am eager to share some favorite summer spots from across the globe. May this mini-gallery bring relaxation and soothe souls.

by Sharon Norden
offered by Chris Quinn

Thank you to the Contributors to this edition of Embraceable Summer Gallery 2020!
Ramona Behnke
Leonie Bennett
Leanora Benton
Mary Lee Hahn
Molly Hogan
Lillian Lake
Irene Latham
Jone MacCulloch
Diane Mayr
Janet Nestor
Sharon Norden
Brian Rosinsky
Laura Purdie Salas
Chris Quinn
Carol Varsalona
Charles Waters
Jackie Yun
I offer this slice of life to Two Writing Teachers.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Sending Summer Goodbys from Embraceable Summer Gallery 2019

Do you have fond memories of the summer of 2019?  "It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer." (Anna Godbersen, Bright Young Things )  In contrast to the summer of 2020, I present this follow-up Embraceable Summer Gallery collection to the second segment of my summer gallery here.

“The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer."
-George R.R. Martin

From Long Island's Shores
summer tiptoed in
on gritty, heated sand under
feather-stroked skies
now it sings end-of-summer
while softly strumming the blues
©CV, 2020
"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
-Celia Thaxton
-Valerie Tilton, 2019 
During Summertime
butterfly grace notes
hover over my zinnias
prompting a duet
©Karen Eastlund

                                                                      Karen Eastlund                                               Linda Baie                                       
 while children are
or engaging in artistic pursuits.
The Artist
The world awaits her touch
like a canvas craves the brush
behind, she leaves a trail of beauty
bright and full and lush.
-2019 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved
Travelers search near and far for summer sights to savor.

Beachgoers find their happy place at the shoreline.
Readers relax with a good book.
Foodies search farmers markets for delectable tastes,
farm-fresh market
visual feast of produce
in summertime hues
©CV, 2020
Gardeners enjoy the fresh beauty of summer flowers and fruit.
Beware of locust season!
Crafter, Linda Mitchell, finds pleasure in creating environmental-friendly 
paper collage art of re-cycled paper.
Magical Summer Moments
are cherished by many

Sunsets Across the Globe Bid Summer Adieu
From South Africa
to New York City
sunsets share the magnificence of nature's skies.
Letting Go of  Our Sweet Summer Life is Bittersweet!
Thank You to the Following Global Contributors
to this segment of Embraceable Summer Gallery

@collidingwithscience (Melissa Chouinard Jahant)
Cheryl Alba
Jeri Asaro
Linda Baie
Leanora Benton's Son
Jolie Buchanan
Leia Cator
Jeff & Judi Drucker
Karen Eastlund
Kevin Foley
Matt F. Esenwine
Alyssa H
Mary Lee Hahn
Devin Hartnett
Tara Hartnett
Ruth Hersey
Rebecca Herzog
Molly Hogan
Kimberly Hutmacher
Tracy Scott Kelly
Lillian Lake
Jone MacCulloch
Faige Meller
Chris Militzer
Linda Mitchell
Janet Nestor
Bonnie Nieves
DeAnn Pettinelli
Laura Robb
Margaret Simon
Donna Smith
Donna Tassone
Valerie Tilton
Carol Varsalona
Rita Wirtz
Listen to the Embraceable Summer Playlist to extend your gallery walk and 
embrace the wonders of summertime.
Artwork by Leia Cator
Thank you for taking a gallery walk through this segment of the Embraceable Summer Gallery.
I send this gallery across social media to celebrate the beauty of nature as a constant reminder of what we have to be grateful for as opposed to what we are missing. The first stop is Poetry Friday, hosted by an amazing poet, Matt Forrest Esenwine who is always a supporter of my galleries. You can read his lovely poem to his daughter above in the gallery.