Tree Branches at My Ribs

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.

Spaces To Create

Poetry and Mixed Media Collaboration

Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Tree Branches At My Ribs

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.

But,

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.

Β©2014 Christy Birmingham

Cheers To Creating!

*****

Christy Birmingham

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42 thoughts on “Tree Branches at My Ribs

  1. Aquileana

    I loved the analogy of the tree, its branches and roots as you have used to it to highlight your inner states of mind in a tough situation. Great imaginary.

    Glad that you found your own sunlight, Christy…

    As to JolieΒ΄s painting it is mesmerizing Really beautiful!

    Congratulations to both of you, best wishes,

    Aquileana πŸ˜›

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Aqui, really nice to know you like both parts of the project – the art and the poetry. We were both pleasantly surprised by what the other person shared – and it was great to see the final product!

      Thanks for your feedback, and I look forward to my next project (hmmm who could that be with?!!) πŸ™‚ Hugs!

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    2. Jolie B

      So kind you are Aqui, thank you. I especially like your comment given that my person process for the artwork was somewhat hidden from Christy as she wrote. The original photograph I took was full of sunshine and one of the reasons I chose to transform the work differently and collaborate with Christy. I love the way it turned out. Thanks again.

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  2. CORRIE WOERDE

    DEAR CHRISTY
    THANK YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF ART AND WORDS
    IT MAKES PERFECTLY CLEAR WHAT YOU MEAN
    LOVE AND HUGS! β™₯β™₯β™₯
    CORRIE πŸ˜‰

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  3. DG MARYOGA

    Soft muted colours branching out to touch gentle souls and bring out the poetess !
    Most supportive branches,dear Christy,alluring poetic words and plenty of sunshine over your brilliant collaboration !!! Love β™₯ ,Doda πŸ™‚ *

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  4. Charlene Woodley

    The image is so perfect for your words Christy! ‘You played the song of doubt with too many choruses, and I forced myself to sway along with every oppressive note.’ Simply amazing work from poet and artist alike! ❀

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Charlene, that part that you quoted was really was the center of the poem for me – how great that you saw it the same way! Thanks and it was great to be able to team up with Jolie’s awesome art too! xoxo

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    1. Jolie B

      I so agree with Letizia. The collaborative efforts themselves can take on multiple layers for each participant. Magical!

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