March 31, 2015

Stop Writing

This month's theme at Art Journal Journey is a favorite poem or quote and I made a page to show how the words of a poem can say one thing but really mean another.

The poet is not writing about laundry or woman's work. She's writing (as if talking to herself) about the pain of losing her husband.

To illustrate, I pasted the real meaning of the poem in tiny white print over the images and since my photos are hard to read, I've written the poem below along with some of the tiny text:

I Stop Writing the Poem

to fold the clothes. No matter who lives
or who dies, I'm still a woman.
I'll always have plenty to do.
I bring the arms of his shirt
together. Nothing can stop
our tenderness. I'll get back
to the poem. I'll get back to being
a woman. But for now
there's a shirt, a giant shirt
in my hands, and somewhere a small girl
standing next to her mother
watching to see how it's done.

Something very serious has disturbed the poet's life (she's stopped writing). Someone close to the speaker has died (no matter who lives or dies). She uses busy work to keep from thinking about it (has plenty to do). Death won't stop them from being close (brings the arms of the shirt together).

She senses that her creativity and expression, as well as her sense of being a woman will eventually return, even if they are altered by the experience (I'll get back to the poem/being a woman). There may be a pause in her writing, but his departure is forever. The size of the shirt (giant) equals her vast sense of loss.

Her strength comes through because she knows how to regain her confidence. She needs a mentor and will find someone to lead her out of her misery (a small girl standing next to her mother watching to see how it's done).


It's amazing how so much is said in just a few, well-chosen words!

Poetry is an elevated art form I have always appreciated and it was fun to create using paper and paint to compliment it. I hope you will journal about a favorite poem or quote this month and link up with Art Journal Journey so I can see what inspires you!


  1. Gorgeous ! Thank you for this beautiful example for AJJ!
    xxx Susi

  2. Thats woman's life! Wonderful spread is perfect to the words.

  3. Wonderful, thanks for being our hostess at AJJ this month, Valerie

  4. Fascinating artwork and words with lots to think about.
    Thanks for a great theme.

  5. Fabulous journal spread ~ and beautiful words. LoVe!

  6. I love the poem. Women never stop doing what needs to be done. And there is so much tenderness in her folding the shirt of her husband. I lost a child and there were his things I had to wash and put away and other not matrialised chores I had to do (for him) after he was gone. So sad and yet so healing.

  7. Wow,this page its the poem and images.

    greetings Jeannette

  8. Thank your for including an interpretation of the behind the scenes as it were. Wonderful art work to complement the poem.

  9. Who has got words, especially poets, can't stop ever, thought it comes difficult times. Words wait the better day and then they come again. Or sometimes it is opposite, when it is very difficult, writing 'll help to live.

    Very good poem and i like Your idea to connect the poem and picture.

  10. Beautiful poem and spread to illustrate it, thanks for this theme at AJJ!

  11. Very powerful and beautifully illustrated.
    Today is my 34th wedding anniversary and the thought of losing my sweetheart would have me in the laundry basket with the shirt over my head.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. I love the mix of philosophy, poetry, and images