Peace Wrung Out

melted peace
 feel a bit
 faded out
 wrung out
 washed out
 stressed out
 maxed out
 need a little
 piece of peace

Note: click on peace sign to view full size if you want to snatch it to use as free clip art. I made it with a translucent background… it looks better on black.

I think this week has taken an emotional toll, but it has been far worse on others so I cannot complain.

My daughter took me to the place where they got their cell phones, so I upgraded mine. It was about time. My old smart phone was getting stupid, did not have all the bells and whistles that are available now. I picked out a white Samsung with a purple rubbery protector thing and some kind of unlimited everything plan. It’s cute, has dual cameras with flash, and a bigger screen. I’m having fun trying to figure out how to things like text via voice and set up Pandora radio stations. They also let me keep the same phone number so it is all cool.




Fuck you Heroin.
You laugh, disembodied
as mothers rip their clothes
and scream for lost children,
then seek to possess another.

Fuck you Heroin,
for turning babes out as whores
and zombie thieves, stealing for more,
feeding masquerade infliction of sickness
while you suck souls up a syringe.

Fuck you “Hair O. Ron”
to employ ethnic pronunciation,
white folks end the word with in,
momentary weakness, drawn to sin
not knowing this time, you would win.

Fuck you Heroin.
The man you ravished
was a babe I held in my arms.
Today, I held his mother.
Did you laugh at our tears?

Fuck you Heroin.
Do you laugh at the fears?
Another mother thanking God
her son is jailed but still alive,
saying there for grace go I?

Fuck you Heroin,
go back to hell where you belong
while we say our last good-bye.
RIP sweet, sweet beautiful boy…
May God have mercy on his soul.


Slow Start

Off to a slow start, considering that this was to be my Thanksgiving project. Back in November, I only got as far as dismantling a large, odd sized frame (a thrift shop find) and painting the foam core backing with black gouache to up-cycle it as the ground for a mixed media piece. The two large sheets of watercolor paper were untouched until last night, when an alternative plan came together. I cut them to meet ye halfway, then used watercolor pencils to lay down the first layer of color.

First Layer

As for the original plan, it can wait. I have two of these frames… couldn’t pass them up at 8.50 USD each, as I know this type of metal frame would cost at least a hundred new. Just the glass would rack a pretty penny. If I had spare cash at the time, I would have bought the dozen or so of these frames. All had identical mass produced prints, so it is not like destroying art to reuse the frames.

The next few layers will be done in colored pencils… I will take it downstairs tomorrow, work on it in the community room, as it is a “Draw on Sunday” day for the new Arts & Crafts Society.


I need to hop a bus, go buy a couple pads of art paper for the ACS, so I best get going.

Thanks for reading!