15.09.12 + praying, brush in hand


daily details 15.09.12


watercolor on Arches paper


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

– Mary Oliver

breath-prayer for Miriam


There has been a re-ordering of my universe.
My beloved mother, Miriam, has left. She was 96.
Why wasn’t I ready?

I sat

and waited

and breathed

a little painting happened
it’s a tiny breathscribe piece – an ex-pression of grief
and gratitude
and love


Wonderingmind Studio: Miriam Louisa Simons, Breathscribe Series, Prayer for Miriam

acrylic light-reflective pigment on textured ground,
gold leaf, dragonfly wing


breathscribe series