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Thursday, November 6, 2014

POETRY READ ALOUD PROMOTES PEACE

P
is for poetry. From my board meeting for the Washington State Arts Commission to my evening at the Northwest African American Museum, poetry provided much needed peace for the day.

Something strange happens when it rains in Seattle. People forget how to drive. They cause accidents and make arrival fall way behind schedule.  With the horrible traffic this morning, of course there was an accident and two slow moving lanes on a 4 lane highway.   

I thought I was going to miss my carpool ride up to the Edmonds Center for the Arts.  Attending my first board meeting as a newly appointed Commissioner, the thought of everyone waiting on me added to the stress of it all.  Turns out, I wasn't the only one running behind schedule.  People forgetting how to drive applies to thee entire length of I-5, apparently.

Ultimately, we all made it to the meeting on time.  It is a good thing too.  Otherwise, we would have missed several poems read aloud by the Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen.  How cool is it, that we (as in Washington state) have a poet to bless the entire state with poetry??  She does workshops and intends to visit 39 counties.  What really stuck out for me was what she said in her introduction as if intuiting the remedy to the morning's rage.  


Just so you have some poetry in your day, I will read a few pieces.

Her poetic intentions instantly made the residual stress from the morning events melt away.    

After the meeting, I capped off the evening with a painting and poetry event at the Northwest African American Museum.  A young man shared from his book of poetry and short stories, about how the passing of his grandmother tore his family apart.  It inspired this untitled painting...

Acrylic on wood painting of grandmother and two fighting relatives
Image: Acrylic on 12x12 Wood Panel, Untitled, 2014


 I have no idea what tomorrow has in store...But if poetry is involved, it will be a welcomed portion of peace.


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