Post (c) Doris McCraw
This post is about painting with words, letting the words do the work that pictures usually do. We all use them, it is how we communicate. Still many can’t or don’t read. There are those who can’t write, let alone write cursive. If we don’t use words correctly, misunderstanding occur.
April as most of you know is National Poetry Month. It is a month to celebrate words. While I enjoy most poetry, I prefer the challenge of the haiku form. I haven’t been posting as many this year, and that is by choice. I’ve decided to let the well fill up again. Still I can’t let this month get by without some form of poetry. Here then is a poem a CENTO if you will, of life, love and…. It is composed from lines of some of my favorite paintings with words.
Only I can change my life
Let go of the life you planned – To feel freedom
Don’t wait for something outside yourself – Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Reality is better than your dreams – Being deeply loved gives you strength
Loving deeply give you courage – Love those who can smile in trouble
Dreams are more powerful than facts – Culture is the intersection of people and life
Cowards die many times before their death – Death is not to be feared if one has lived wisely
You cannot feel comfortable – Without your own approval.
Immortal Twain said:
” Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone
You may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
So I leave you with a painting taken from the words of many. May the picture be one that speaks to you in its own way. Have a wonderful Spring and remember to paint pictures in your mind from the words you read, speak and hear.
Doris McCraw also writes as Angela Raines and is an Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in Colorado and Women’s History.
And if every step you take is a prayer then you will always be walking in a sacred manner.
Oglala Lakota Holy man.