it’s scrying time again

we’re snowed in, living on a diet of popcorn and oreos. oops – scratch that. husband just finished the last oreo. looks like it might be another 2 days before we can get out of the driveway, or so says my husband who looks forward to being snowed in, but is quite susceptible to early-onset cabin fever.

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i am seldom without my computer
and never without a pen, paper,
and all the bits of cloth and thread
i can get in a quart-size zip-loc bag.

for a change of pace,

i picked up thread and cloth.
the in and out,
the over and under
creates a soothing rhythm,
a salve for my soul.
it grounds me in my matriarchal lineage,
it is the calamine lotion to my inarticulate itch.

here on planet jeanne,
the beginning of a cloth piece
strangely resembles
the beginning of a word piece.

first: the itch
followed closely by: the yearning,
an unnamed longing.
then comes the pondering and circling;
then, finally
finally: the starting.
beginning with only the vaguest notion of what i am trying to create,
the barest whisper of what i am going to say.

16 Comments

  1. Amanda

    I was snowed in last year during the West Coast’s version of “Snowpocalypse”. Didn’t get a winter this year and I was sad. Sending you warm thoughts!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..A Simple Nod to the Extraordinary =-.

  2. Kate T.W.

    Beautiful words and image. I long to be snowed in… want that inward quiet time.
    .-= Kate T.W.´s last blog ..Fear =-.

  3. Kate T.W.

    Beautiful words and image. I long to be snowed in… want that inward quiet time.
    .-= Kate T.W.´s last blog ..Fear =-.

  4. Amanda

    I was snowed in last year during the West Coast’s version of “Snowpocalypse”. Didn’t get a winter this year and I was sad. Sending you warm thoughts!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..A Simple Nod to the Extraordinary =-.

  5. Susan Reep

    that last stanza is exactly right! the pondering and circling. just right. thanks for your comment on my post too. yes, organizing the outside world does help with the inside world, and there may be a poem right there that I’m circling and pondering. Hmmm. The trick is not only knowing that the organizing helps but then going ahead and doing it. I’m so much better at making myself do what i know i should. i think perhaps that means i am a grown up. Oops!

    • whollyjeanne

      nah, doesn’t mean you’re grown up. means you’re a wise woman. there’s a big, huge, important difference.
      .-= whollyjeanne´s last blog ..it’s scrying time again =-.

  6. Susan Reep

    that last stanza is exactly right! the pondering and circling. just right. thanks for your comment on my post too. yes, organizing the outside world does help with the inside world, and there may be a poem right there that I’m circling and pondering. Hmmm. The trick is not only knowing that the organizing helps but then going ahead and doing it. I’m so much better at making myself do what i know i should. i think perhaps that means i am a grown up. Oops!

    • whollyjeanne

      nah, doesn’t mean you’re grown up. means you’re a wise woman. there’s a big, huge, important difference.
      .-= whollyjeanne´s last blog ..it’s scrying time again =-.

  7. Julie

    Jeanne,
    Your words are pure poetry. I love how you find the thread that runs through both words and stitch…the thread that is about expressing that longing and yearning out into the world. You, my friend, are an artist through and through. Love you, Jeanne.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..The Internet is Alive =-.

  8. Julie

    Jeanne,
    Your words are pure poetry. I love how you find the thread that runs through both words and stitch…the thread that is about expressing that longing and yearning out into the world. You, my friend, are an artist through and through. Love you, Jeanne.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..The Internet is Alive =-.

  9. bwlight

    Wonderfully written analogy and I love “the calamine lotion for my inarticulate itch” and “the barest whisper”

    It’s amazing how the “barest whisper” can bring you to this finished piece! Beautiful.
    .-= bwlight´s last blog ..“Good. Now Throw it Away” =-.

  10. bwlight

    Wonderfully written analogy and I love “the calamine lotion for my inarticulate itch” and “the barest whisper”

    It’s amazing how the “barest whisper” can bring you to this finished piece! Beautiful.
    .-= bwlight´s last blog ..“Good. Now Throw it Away” =-.

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