Thursday, July 12, 2007

EVOLVE

About a month ago, I was contacted by an artist who wanted to purchase a custom garland from my etsy store.

She was excited to have one to hang in her studio, as she had seen another artist do.

When she wrote to inquire on price and shipping, she also told me that she was trying to decide on the perfect word for her treasure. Almost a week or two weeks later, she wrote to tell me that she had been pondering this idea of a word and had come up with "EVOLVE".

Although, she felt that it was more spiritual than artsy, this was where she knew she was in life currently.

I INSTANTLY fell in LOVE with her idea... of "EVOLVE", and immediately pulled out my webster's dictionary to look up the definition.

I worked over the follow days to turn her request into a beautiful reality.

I was very pleased with how the finished garland turned out, and honestly, had a hard time parting with it. However, I knew this was her gift to herself.

But, oh, how I wished I had been there when the package arrived, just to see her face when she carefully unfurled the garland to gaze upon "EVOLVE" for the first time.

I wished with all my might that she too was as inspired and moved by the finished piece and her choice, as I was with making it for her.



I have not stopped thinking about that word. And, I don't know if I will ever be asked to make another "EVOLVE" garland again, but her choice guided me to not only create a lovely and inspiring visual reminder, but to write the poetic prose I am offering today as my contribution to Poetry Thursday.

It has caused me to stop and think,... examine my life,...perhaps also giving me the chance to "EVOLVE".


drifting in and out of prevailing moments,
these velvety hues that color my days
soft and longing..

this is a changing season for my life
timid and wondering, yet....
trusting I will find my way

believing in the discovery of a path for these feet to wander,
leading to a door where the key, safe within
the abiding of this heart, will unlock the world

19 comments:

Mary lin said...

Beautiful garland and poem! Knowing you as I do, this poem is a true description of your life's journey! And it is leading you to the BEST of places!

xoxoxox

paris parfait said...

It's wonderful how your lovely art inspired your poetry. I like the hopefulness and optimism of your poem.

GreenishLady said...

Your garlands are beautiul, and I really like that word - Evolve. It reminds of the little plaque I have in my study, with a quote from Michelangelo - "I am still learning". - He said that in his 90th year! If we keep learning, we keep evolving. Lovely poem.

gautami tripathy said...

This is a very evolving poetry. Beautifully expressed...

Diane Duda said...

I can totally relate to the "evolve" concept. At this time, less than two years ago, I would have been sitting here entering timesheets instead of scanning my artwork.
You have captured the meaning of the word beautifully in both your garland and with your words.
I'm sure she is thrilled with her purchase. :)

tumblewords said...

The garland is beautiful and the poem is wonderful. An appealing, thought provoking combination!

Jill said...

Evolve... a word I have been thinking about as well. We all evolve as we go through life... what is interesting is how our decisions.. our choices...small as they might be... are what determine where we evolve to...
Your poem is beautiful. Your writing reaches into my heart... what a gift you have!
The garland is beyond beautiful.

Tammy said...

I love that word too. I really enjoyed how you used it in the garland and poetry. May you find your door.

Holly Stinnett said...

A BEAUTIFUL Garland. Such a special word, isn't it? I just used it today in a conversation about how different we are as adults compared to young 20-somethings... And how wonderful it is to evolve, and look back on the journey we took to get where we are.

I hope you're having a great week!

Holly

dogfaeriex5 said...

ok, i adore this poem and if it is okay i want to write it down to keep, it is really beautiful, miss t!..thank~you for helping me to evolve...
love you~kim
xoxox

anni said...

we get to that special path one step at a time and it's like we're on it already, but just don't know it yet.

Rob Kistner said...

Thank you sharing this… ;)

Visual-Voice said...

This poem and the garland that inspired it are big, huge, WONDERFUL. Hat tip to Little Ms. Red Door!

Karen said...

What a beautiful poem...

I've seen two of your garlands now (I saw the one you made for Nina on her blog) and they're both gorgeous!

Melba said...

Evolve is one of my favorite words.
Beautful poem. I felt it!

kimberlykwan said...

absolute MAGIC, Tracie!
I love that word...and all the possibilities is encompasses! Your delicious words are the perfect compliment to a gorgeous banner!

katie said...

your garlands are so very beautiful and full of heart...i treasure the one you made me.

your feet surely are on the path now, one of the many that lead to that door. the words evoke imagery that i wish i could translate into visual art...i see it.

xooxxoo katie

Maija said...

OK,I love the garland, but the poem really touched me. I have often wondered which path would be mine, only to discover it is always changing! Good luck on finding your way....you have so much to offer!!

Lana said...

This is beautiful! I have really enjoyed visiting your blog this morning.

Lana