Dawn quietude is rippling
with the ecstatic chortling
of birds, some overjoyed
that last year’s nest survived
the winter, others splatting mud and leaves,
building new nests in trees and under eaves
in a frenetic festival of spring.
By July, nests have exploded,
their broods unloaded
into the summer sky,
without a goodbye
they are gone:
have flown their nests.
Kim M. Russell, 2016
Crows Alone Batik fabric panel and Magical Birds – Art – Original Batik Painting
In this wonderful prompt, Margaret has introduced us to Carol Law Conklin, a Batik Artist. On her website Amity Farm Batik, she states: “Batik, an ancient method of painting on fabric with wax and dyes, is my medium. Nature, the seasons, farms and animals – especially horses – are my favorite themes. The horse expresses so much flowing movement, dynamic tension, the striving of life. Once the wax is heated it never stops flowing as it is applied with brushes to the fabric and also with the ancient tjanting tool (a copper or brass bowl with spout) that applies lines.
I enjoy the sensuous flow of the wax, which has a will of its own, as it spreads into the cloth. The beeswax and paraffin has special line effects and crackling qualities. I am always excited by the magic of the wax and dyes when I iron the wax from the fabric.”
Margaret would love us to link an original poem or a greatly re-vised older one using more than one of these beautiful creations.
Permission has been given for these images to be used in association ONLY WITH THIS CHALLENGE at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.