I’m making something pretty…
I feel like I have always had the need to create – to make something new and shiny. My most vivid memories of learning in elementary school revolve around the projects we made. The cave painting in plaster, making a huge poster of The Nina, The Pinta and the Santa Maria, a book cover for Summer of the Swans, painting a giant sun face in the hallway…
When I was around four or five my grandmother told me that she thought I might be a better artist than my cousin had been at my age. (shhh) And then she showed me a beautiful painting that my cousin had done. Those were some powerful words to tuck away inside my heart.
This post by Sharry really touched me. She keeps her blog, Kissing the Earth, with Tam – check it out for their banner alone. Beautiful. But their words are art-full too.
My father was a brilliant scientist – passionate and dedicated to his profession as a geologist. But he nurtured his creative side as well. One of his personal achievements was a collection of sonnets, written as an examination of faith. After his unexpected death way too long ago, my mother had these poems published for us in a simple yet beautiful book, Sonnets for a Christian Year. As she wrote in the afterword, “The sonnet seemed to combine both poetry and his scientist’s love of rule and order.”
And so, in honor of art and Lent and poetry month, a sonnet by David Robert Wones:
With pleasure filled, we wander way out West.
This time, I see God’s world with older eyes,
And youth along to keep me at my best
The van rolls on beneath the raining skies.
With ease we live our lives in worlds apart,
The secular absorbs our work and play.
And for God’s world we often yield our heart
In disjoint fleeting minutes day by day.
We are mistaken, for it all is one.
God made it all, this land beneath His sun.
Why do we reconstruct His world as two?
Take the Creator’s rocks as holy ground;
See Jesus Christ in those who you surround,
And let the Spirit fill your worldly view.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK