Kim and I have collaborated on a number of projects. “Fish Crow,” pictured below, is one of them.
Here is the text of the poem in case you can’t read it in the photo:
How I love the paper sack:
The roar of paper when you pack
It full of lovely scavenged scraps
For works of art that cry, “perhaps.”
How I love its humble brown –
Unbleached, undyed: the art of down
To earth. Its folds and wrinkles feel
So unpretentious and so real.
When I started to write this blog post, I thought it was going to be a celebration of Kim and my collaboration in many areas of our life. Kim built the nest, took the photos, collected the feathers and papers, and arranged and mounted everything. I wrote the poem.
Then I thought it was going to be a discourse on finding significance, even beauty, in even the most humble and insignificant things.
And now I think the collage is about growing old. The rugged beauty of the Fish Crow is part of that very real experience.