Poetry · Writing

Winter Bone

Winter Bone

The long exhalation of winter descends on my bones.
Leeching the life from my blood until I’m left as barren as the land. 

The quiet hush of snow covered ground hides the impatient musings of my mind
as I seek a way beyond the bland limitations of this body. 

A fierce squall emerges from the darkness. 

It feeds upon itself as it builds into a formidable wall of ice 
and protects the fragile being lost in the abyss

Snowflakes drift by, oblivious.

by Michelle Murray


Artist Statement

This poem was inspired by an in-class activity for the writing class, From Mundane To Miraculous with Maisha Manson.
We were asked to write about a season that correlates to how we feel in the moment. At the time I was in a great deal of physical pain with the cooling weather. As a person living with chronic pain, winter is a difficult period. There are many parallels between winter and chronic pain and this poem is my way of merging the two in a way that expresses the difficulties and realities of both the season of winter and the seasons of pain. Yet despite the cold and barren starkness of winter, there is a certain beauty and strength hidden beneath the fallen snow. People who live with chronic pain also carry it with a quiet strength that is unseen by those passing in and out of our lives.

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Mixed Media

Falling Leaves and Inchies

Whereas many people think of fall as time to discard and rake away liken fallen leaves, I am choosing this time to collect from the leaf pile. The leaves I am shedding are procrastination and self critique. In exchange, I am reconfirming my promise to make a mark daily with an art friend and to make creating art more accessible to me. I decided to start small.

Inchie Challenge Leaves

I wanted to start small so this was kismet. I make my art more consistently when I am involved in challenge. Then into my inbox, the “Inchie Challenge” arrived. The challenge is to slowly and mindfully draw/paint the day’s prompt on a small square of paper only 2″ x 2″!

The first day of Mindful Art Studio Inchie Challenge prompt was leaves. At first my brain stumbled. What could I do different about leaves? I looked at different examples on the Mindful Art Studio web site and discovered that some of the images that often intrigued me was when there was a pile of something. Ta Da I will draw a pile of leaves!

Want to get into a mindful state? Draw a pile of leaves. I started drawing very small, but detailed leaves on the bottom of the square. When I was deciding which leaf to draw, I wasn’t thinking of my overflowing inbox nor the dishes in the sink. My mind was completely focused on which type of leaf to draw, where to put the leaf and in what orientation. I enjoyed it so much that I had to do another one, and another one, etc.

When I started, I didn’t think I could come up with one representation of a leaf and I came up with four! It got me thinking of falling leaves and how many things that falling leaves can be a metaphor for. I thought it would be an intriguing prompt for the blog and presented it to the Ambassadors. I am looking forward to the writings, sounds and sights that this prompt evokes for you.

*Interested in the “Inchie Challenge”?
It is currently running from 9/6-9/16. You can start anytime during the challenge. If you didn’t get to join by 9/16, check out Mindful Art Studio’s weekly FREE slow drawing class.

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‘Battle to save quirky house that nobody knew about until owner’s death’

“𝖨 𝖳𝖧𝖨𝖭𝖪 𝖳𝖧𝖠𝖳’𝖲 𝖮𝖭𝖤 𝖮𝖥 𝖳𝖧𝖤 𝖳𝖧𝖨𝖭𝖦𝖲 𝖳𝖧𝖠𝖳 𝖠𝖳𝖳𝖱𝖠𝖢𝖳𝖲 𝖬𝖤
to outsider art: you feel like you’re seeing art in a purer, more primal form. An environment takes it to a different level. There’s a complete, one hundred percent commitment to whatever vision they’ve got because they’re sleeping it. They’re eating in it. And that’s quite a thing to behold. With environments like these, you get a complete work of art that somebody is living in and that they’ve established the rules. It’s like a personal universe.”