January Afternoon with Noreen

Having just immersed myself  in Mary Oliver’s book of poetry ‘A THOUSAND MORNINGS’ http://maryoliver.beacon.org I was not just filled by her example of  appreciating the natural world as an equal and powerful entity, it was a catalyst for my own writing to experience my home- the north- with such connection. After this I went to visit Noreen Spence to see  her newly sanded floors, as well as her paintings for an upcoming show http://www.noreenspence.com . While there  I felt  the deep stillness of the land, how Noreen’s home/studio was a natural extension of the forest around her. This poem emerged. (Thank-you Noreen for this inspiration and thank-you Katherine for the beautiful book)

January Afternoon with Noreen

snow light falls through
the window, cascading
onto wide sills free of clutter,
pine beetle lifelines swirled in wood,
newly sanded floor glimmers
in filaments of rose and cinnamon.

the room empty but for three worn armchairs,
a well-used coffee table
holds steeped tea, a tin of Christmas
chocolates in cellophane wrappers,
we pull apart the year to come,
dissect projects to do and what to not.

meanwhile a ruffled grouse
flies to an apple tree
in the overgrown orchard,
quietness of branch tips, white silhouettes,
bones of a cottonwood insert their own thoughts.

our talk shifts like the fallen greenhouse
from last year’s snow, remains buried in shrouds
this place for words to drift
light as feathers,
released in perfect symmetry
rest in
grace           filled          silence

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About Joan Conway

My artistic passions are poetry and collage. But I am curious human, always exploring new mediums, new opportunities for creative expressions.
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2 Responses to January Afternoon with Noreen

  1. Noreen says:

    Thank you Joan. Your poem and you are an amazing gift to me.

  2. Cynthia Powell says:

    Joan, This is a beautiful poem… Cindy

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