Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Art is Process

If we can create, shape, form
but be brave enough to know
what we do is incomplete.

If we dare to stand back, let go,
let water, weather, tides, life
take what we made,

Shape it restless again
until our art, our children
are no longer ours.

But to know that
we made their beauty
possible.

14 comments:

PurestGreen said...

Such a soft, curious acceptance in this - just lovely. Oh, and I love your ladybird banner:)

http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/ said...

Simply beautiful.

Michelle Johnson said...

Shape it restless again... that's my favorite line. Knowing we can create art in its most incomplete form is a great feat, isn't it? Hope all is well. Have a great night.

Did you get your nesting boxes up yet?

Deb G said...

Love this! Especially the first two stanzas.

Elizabeth M Rimmer said...

Yes - really good thinking, and gently expressed.

Coastcard said...

Much beauty and food for thought here, CGP.

I LOVE your new banner, too: we so enjoyed seeing the ladybirds in Scotland. I wonder if England and Wales have not been so lucky this year?

I shall bear your thoughts in mind as I try to create the final art piece for Seth Apter's DisCo (disintegration art collaboration) project for posting on my blog on 1 August.

Kay said...

That's lovely!

RachelW said...

I love the parallel between art and children. Yes, there is a point where they are no longer ours. We simply midwifed them into this world, as best we could.

Alice said...

ahhhh.....just what i needed for so many reasons.

a friend sent this to me:

The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

i want to thank you so very much for always checking in with us. for watching my silly little videos and for loving this bunny! your words mean so much and i'm sorry i haven't been by in such a long time. i'm really ; ) upset that the lynchian video did play for you! i think YOU would have really liked that one! damn...

as above so below lovely wordsmith.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love this poem - you can read it on several levels. Love the new header too Juliet.

Tumblewords: said...

'Acceptance' has shadowed me the last bit of time - your poem resonates clearly. Beautiful work! I wish I had written it!

Mark said...

This made me think and feel.

Good poem!

Red Bird said...

Oh, I am loving this one- it's exactly right, my friend... art is process! And I love the last stanza!

Lucy said...

Amen. Simply lovely.