"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.
-Molly Hogan, 2020
My response to Molly:
stillness sets sharing
marshland's gracious gift
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
Slicer Fran Haley's illustrates the quiet beauty of nature in this lovely photo.
cradled among trees
winding path beckoning-
future is fragile
The last stop on the gallery walk was found at slicer Margaret Simon's post, This Photo Wants to Be a Poem. It 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.
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.