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On my birthday I have to celebrate my parents … the good, the bad and all of the beauty in between.

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bird’s nest

… all sorts of things become visible.

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This past year I read quite a few slave narratives by African Americans who were interviewed in the late 1930s to document their childhood experiences and memories of slavery prior to the Civil War. These people, ranging in age from octogenarians to centenarians, were also asked about their feelings toward the people who had formerly owned them. The wide-range of responses highlight the complex relationships that developed between those who enslaved and those who were enslaved within an institutionalized system of slavery as it existed in the United States for well over two centuries.

The following words that I call Winter into Spring were inspired by one man’s memory of the tough times after the Civil War and his continuing close relationship with the family who had previously owned him. In broken English, he conveyed the depth of his feelings using visual metaphors. He spoke only of his personal experience, but I was moved by something that I felt was universal … how people experience grief whatever its source. And so I took this man’s words, tapped into my own personal experiences and observations of others to draft the following. It may be a work in progress …

 

Winter into Spring

I remember the day, both of their days,

the soil covering them like I no longer could.

What can I say except losing them was like being a tree in the winter wood. 

Understood?

Every cold wind, so sharp, blowed my leaves and tore them loose.

They fell to the ground, crumbling to dust, as if to follow those two,

my master and mistress, into their graves below.

I was in a world so dark I could not see.

Naked and alone. Stripped bare like a tree soon to fall.

Then one day I felt whole.

It was a strange day. What day, do you say?

That day it was like Spring, and it come bringing light!

I could see.

Well I guess you could say that little tree it was me.

You asked me how it felt and now I’ve told you.

When they passed I felt done, but the day did come,

though I still sometimes wonder why,

when I finally felt alive again.

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One image, a photograph of a window pane, then scaled and scaled again to create a whole new pattern.

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coasters

These are currently available at the gift shop located in the Welcome Center at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

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While Mondrian came to mind once I stared at the image on the screen, it was in fact the 19th century glass decorator and stained glass designer Samuel West who inspired this work done in GIMP.

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It is a work in progress. Perhaps the first of a coaster set. Maybe the beginning of a larger design for a scarf. We’ll see. Meanwhile here’s a peek at the decorated window found inside Trinity Church that inspired this flight of creative fancy.

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http://trinitychurchboston.org/art-and-architecture

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a spider’s web by lamplight

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It is that time of the year. Major deals online and in-stores. If you’d like to purchase some of the unique items featuring my photography, you can visit the online sites using the links below. Where applicable, coupons for savings are highlighted on each page.

https://www.zazzle.com/imagesbycynthia/collections

https://artofwhere.com/artists/wordsandimagesbycynthia

http://www.blurb.com/user/CStaples

If you’re in the Boston area, you can also find my work in the Trinity Church Welcome Center gift shop which will re-open on Saturday.

Have a good weekend!

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