Ah, yes, collaboration! Here is the latest offering from Jolie Buchanan and Me. The project began when artist Jolie took a daytime shot of a tree, which she then darkened and overlaid onto an original painting of hers. Then, this fabulous mixed media creation was sent to me to write my poem. I put the image onto my right computer screen as I typed freehand on my left screen. Next, I edited the poem and showed it to Jolie. We both love the collaboration (our third one!) and hope you do too.
Poetry and Mixed Media Collaboration
Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan
Poking at my ribs,
Your fingers were hard as tree branches –
And your mind wasn’t any softer.
You told me to do more, see more,
And my heart fell into itself when you
Said the words feel more.
You played the song of doubt with
Too many choruses, and I forced myself to
Sway along with every oppressive note.
Those were the melodies and I was the girl
Who feared she had no branches of her own,
Who wanted only to build roots with you and
Grow, in a field that I didn’t realize was
Cluttered already with foreign bosoms.
I needed my own sunlight, I see that now, and
You poked a bit too much at the body of
This woman who wants to keep dreaming for more.
©2014 Christy Birmingham
Cheers To Creating!
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