October 17, 2014

O Karma, Darma

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O Karma, Darma, pudding and pie,
gimme a break before I die:
grant me wisdom, will and wit,
purity, probity, pluck and grit.

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind,
gimme great abs and
a steel-trap mind, and forgive,
Ye Gods, some humble advice--
these little blessings would suffice
to beget an earthly paradise:

make the bad people good--
and the good people nice;
and before our world goes over the brink,
teach the believers how to think. 

This poem, by Philip Appleman, is what I inscribed on my journal page (in case you can't read my handwriting).

I started the background by using a variety of paint colors with a stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Gingham/Pure Sunshine. I added the bird cage, tree, bird and people then started filling-in blank areas with a variety of stencils and stamps.

I often use poetry as inspiration for a journal page. Sometimes I start with the poem and sometimes (as in this case) the poem comes at the end.

As I printed the lines on the page, I was thinking about how our schools no longer believe it necessary to teach penmanship and wondered when poetry will meet the same fate.

I'm linking to this week's challenge at SSS where the theme is "the letter O" which is the first word of this poem (from New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996, University of Arkansas Press).


  1. Stunning journal page,so very beautiful,thank you for sharing :)

    Have a lovely weekend
    Donna xx

  2. Beulah you made another fantastic page...love the colourful background and stamping, the couple in the cage....and your handwriting is very beautiful!!! Hugs

  3. This is FABULOUS! I just love everything about it and the handwritten poem is the perfect finishing touch to this wonderful piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  4. Wow.. this is such a beautiful journal page. The colors, layout and every detail are just amazing. Love your gorgeous creation. :)

  5. Gasp, gasp! I literally and truly gasped (in a good way) when I saw this one! I never get sick of your work, so I hope you never get sick of my same old "I love this!" comments over and over again. But how could I pass this by without giving you another kudos? I adore the personality of that little birdie so much and love your clever reversal of putting people in cages and the bird outside. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing a journal page from you!!! What a treat! Loved the poem and appreciated your introspection about penmanship and poetry. I'm a former English teacher and I got really discouraged with how everything artistic and worthwhile was starting to get pushed out of the curriculum. Three cheers to artists and poets and long live the things that add beauty!