Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 22

The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!

Once again the Marathon took place at home on May 28, 2020.

Here are some flowers from around the house. I ran out into the rainy cool day to snap these images.

I had written some poems earlier in the week, so I worked on them for a while today. Then I took some fabric items I’ve recently made and as a lark, decided to use them as basis for some poems in the format of haiku, shadorma, or tanka.

As for the fabric pieces, I don’t know what (if anything) I will do with them; I was mostly reviving my rusty machine sewing skills. I want to do something fiber art-related in my art life, but I don’t know what yet, so I’m just experimenting right now.

Anyway, the items did a nice job standing in as models for poetry today.

Let’s get to the poems.


The first line’s words “restless cat” set off the whole process resulting in this poem.

1.
The restless cat underfoot
the truncated chiming of the clock
the paperwork you left behind.
Unaware and secretive
an interesting combination
Any chance you’ll be back?
I think not but just in case
I shoo the cat into the hall
I don’t need a witness.

Here’s a tanka for this fabric square.

PO 5-28-20 (3)

10.
Crazy little boat
on a turquoise jewel sea
polka-dot sail breathes
in and out in and out and
crazy little boat surfs waves

Another fabric piece, another tanka.

PO 5-28-20 (2)

5.
Tie a green ribbon.
Wrap all your fingers. Look now –
you have a green thumb!
Cheater-style, yes, but try it.
Plant flower seeds. See them grow.

PO 5-28-20 (1)

I hope everyone is feeling well and in good spirits!


Thank you for reading!

15 thoughts on “Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 22

  1. Thank you. I don’t know what to do with the fabric meaning what is my direction but I did have to see if I could still make the machine work…so far so good, poetry a bonus!

  2. I need that green thumb! I too love your little fabric pieces…I’m sure they will keep evolving into more inspiration. (K)

  3. I’ve been adding other elements to them gradually. These photos are from their initial stage. I also want to do some hand sewing but I had to order a needle threader, I no longer can see well enough to do that, and my stitching is also sadly incoherent (I did get one needle threaded to try it out..). But messy is my style, it will work out.

  4. I’ve got some nice sharp needles with large eyes. Not sure where they came from, but look for embroidery needles. I think that’s what they are.

  5. Yes, that’s what I have. Still can’t see it well enough-I’m missing central vision in my right eye. Well thank goodness for the little needle threaders!

  6. I like your green thumb recipe … to be kept in mind 😉 Those squares are wonderful and my crazy thought was ‘she must be really good at changing thread and bobbins! (noticing the different colours of stitching).

  7. Today I received 20 for $5 (the smallest package I could buy). I believe my needle threading problems are over. My ability to see my stitches , well, messy is my game, anyway, thank goodness for that!

  8. At one time I had extra strong reading glasses for stitch work. But my eyes change so fast now I just do my best with what I have.

  9. Yes, at the time I was using film to take photos, pinning these to a black fabric covered board in my basement with lights on it, and I was a terrible photographer with film, so no close ups. But they looked similar to the small fabric pieces you saw as far as stitching, as I remember, though more restrained, and I usually tried to match thread color to fabric color. I guess some things are already changing in my new approach…

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