On Motherhood & Sanity


Monday, December 22, 2014

Bubble- November Family self portrait




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Like all the planets in this universe,
Like gas fighting for freedom in a glass of water,
I see you in the ballooning bubblegum emerging from the child's lips;
In the eyeball, eyeballing its loving object;
In the raindrop whose parachute has failed.

You are elemental, primal, visceral.
You take my words and suspend them over my head.
You bounce, roll, float and pop.

Take me in your void,
Suck me in your shelter
And protect me from the rough edges of life.


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The family self portrait  project started in January 2011. 
I take one portrait of the whole family, myself included, once a month.  
The poem is a 2013 addition by a "ghost" writer

Every family should do this. 

In late 2013 a "ghost" writer joined the initiative and now each photo is accompanied by a poem.

To see previous months click on the links below:


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

soul carrying rivers- photo post


This was hands down the most intense experience of my visit to Nepal. I don't think I had a right to be there and it felt wrong to be a witness of something that in our culture is  considered so private, but, still an incipient tourism industry, you can pay a small fee to access the temple where the bodies of the dead are traditionally and ceremonially  burned before their ashes are thrust to the river, whose job is to secure their soul's journey. I have always felt that this is the most beautiful (albeit not the most ecological) way to dispose of our dead.  I'll post more photos as I have time to process them -and my own thoughts on the visit. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

October family self portrait, Monster mash

Ice-glazed eyes - kills then flies
knife through the head - shoulda been dead
blade-sharp grills - ice-cold chills
ghastly little ghost - sucks the marrow from his host.
Halloween is serious - ghoulish delirious hides something mysterious. 
Boom.

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The family self portrait  project started in January 2011. 
I take one portrait of the whole family, myself included, once a month.  
The poem is a 2013 addition by a "ghost" writer

Every family should do this. 

In late 2013 a "ghost" writer joined the initiative and now each photo is accompanied by a poem.

To see previous months click on the links below:


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