Week 11: Stairs
Year 2021. What does it mean to you? To Addie and I, it is full of hope and promise. It is a turning point. The beginning of the end of a pandemic. The end of a volatile presidency and a return to sensible governance. The end of quarantines, isolation, and social distancing and a return to physical human interaction. We will once again congregate, gather with those we love, see them up close, touch and feel again … not in an impersonal virtual space, but in the very real and beautiful world.
The 11th theme for the year is stairs.
My Soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair;William Butler Yeats, The Winding Stair
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air …
I beheld the golden-haired one,
high on her throne.
I thought her reign eternal.
In her single eye shone,
brilliant and blinding,
a million paths unfolded.
she sovereign stood
to descend the stair once climbed.
And my head crooked low,
for so it mournfully thought,
‘Even God submits to Time.’
ABOUT THE PAINTING & POETRY PROJECT
We want to celebrate 2021 with an outpouring of creativity and optimism!
We’ve selected 52 themes (one theme per week for the year), and each week for 2021, I will write a poem and Addie will paint a painting inspired by that theme.
This is the sort of big project that artists live for … where we can say what we yearn to say. Big picture stuff. Heart wrenching stuff. Expect surprises, love, and a passion for life.
Check out Addie’s art studio — Studio Alchemy:
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