Monday, July 1, 2013

Poetic Thank-You for the Coppervale Studio Tour

When I signed up for the ANWA summer retreat, I knew I was in for several days of pure writing bliss. What I didn't know was that the weekend would start with a bonus. James Owen, author of Drawing Out the Dragons and SO much more, offered our group a personal, guided tour of his studio. I returned to the cabin and wrote this tribute and offer it as a thank-you to James for sharing a view of the space he's artfully created to create art!

A Poet’s Visit to Coppervale

Only the eyes of an artist can see
That forsaken paint-chipped walls haven’t outlived their usefulness,
Aren’t barriers but building blocks
To create a space, a world, to provide a life
It takes the eyes of an artist to see
Forty or fifty or 100-year-old floors can be used for more 
Than Sunbeam classes or sermons,
How aging floors can support dreams
Walking, waking dreams of dragons
And superheroes and signals
Only the heart of an artist and
The touch of an artist’s hand
Can rescue delicate, resilient roses and
Replant them and let them grow
Like dreams, in their fertile home soil

Tamara Passey

Rescued Heritage Roses

Heritage Roses

Heritage roses, came across the plains with the pioneers, rescued and replanted


Raejean said...

I'm so glad you shared your poem! The tour was great and James was inspirational.

Kari Pike said...

Brava! James is an inspiration to us all...and I love the way you expressed your thoughts. I had fun getting to know you, Tamara! hugs~

Tamara said...

Thank you Raejean!
Kari, I can't thank you enough for your help on Friday! Next time we get to visit, I hope it will not be during a dental emergency!!

Valerie Ipson said...

This is beautiful!


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