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Saturday, January 03, 2009


On New Years morning I found myself having lunch with new friends. Usually the view is like on this picture, but on new Years morning I had the view of the ocean with the fog floating above the horizon. This so much like the beginning of this new year, and I cannot even begin to tell how unusual this new friendship is. Not in my wildest dreams would these people call me "friend", when they have "everything" and I nothing but myself. The fog today prevented me from seeing things nearby as well as far off and left me wondering and uncomfortable. It felt like when you come upon a sudden mistbank there's only one way to come to the other side of it: to go through it. What a way to start the New Year!
So is this poem - still without definite form and not finished - but it fits with my story about the New Year.


Yesteryear already starts yellowing
like a black and white photo
experiences and feelings
as snow melting on the mountains
sinking into the soil of my heart
leaving regret and mistakes
of myself and others
as well as joy and gains.

Looking into a new mirror
straining to see and hear
through a thick layer of fog
obscuring the boats nearby
Catalina island in the distance.
Strangely quiet is this beginning
when clouds hovering the earth
seem to nudge
Wait a little longer with busyness
with chatter, with clutter,
wait till all is clear
let this piece of clay
take a new form
careful not to let
the promises of a new day
slip through my fingers
form, sculpt and build
anything lovely and tangible
a keepsake for years to come.

by Jeannette StGermain


Reader Wil said...

Hi Jeanette, thanks for your story and photos! Thanks also for your comment. My camera is a Pentax Optio SV. Yes we have a lot in common. If you want to see a glimpse of my life you can go to my entry of 12 December.

Reader Wil said...

Happy New Year!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing your New Year's experiences. My camera is a Pentax Optio SV. We have a lot in common indeed!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for your comments and responding to my question about your camera.
Wow, you're an avid blogger! I looked up your entry of Dec. 12, which was about Christmas flower/candle arrangements - Is that what you meant with "a glimpse of your life?" - or is it another date that you meant for me to look at?

About the new Year, i thought life would really slow down, as is does in most years, but this year it seems I have every day "something" that keeps me from having time to paint.I also may spend too much time on the computer blogging LOL,
cheers, jeannette

Patience-please said...

Hi and thank you for visiting my blog! Both your poem and the photos are lovely, making me very glad I came.

all the best-

jeannette stgermain said...

Hi, so am I visiting yours, because I saw on your blog a reference to your husband's blog, and I never get enough of art (there's also the similarity: I'm an almost retired therapist, and spend more and more time with art) - cheers, jeannette

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the visit! Have a great Sunday!

Reader Wil said...

No I meant the one about my life on the 15th December. It's called 'That's My World, My life and family" Sorry! Thanks for your visit.

caitlin said...

Thank you for visiting my photoblog and leaving a comment!
I have a standard d-slr kit: canon 400d, 18/55 lens, no extra flash, no tripod...
The 'frozen mist' pictures on my blog are composed of more than 1 picture: photomerged in PhotoShop...

caitlin said...

Just an idea: maybe you will like these pictures as well...
Pictures I took on Shetland in May 2008.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanette, Thanks for visiting my blog. Adelaide is in South Australia, a very warm climate - it's going to be 41 degrees on Tuesday! We are also in drought so it is hard to garden these days. I only water plants that are in pots because we have water restrictions. I love the paintings you have done of Mary and the Christmas story. I think you are right how Mary is usually depicted (I come from a Catholic background) so I know what you mean.

Mamapippa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. The purple one, you know :-)
I live in Belgium, I'm not good enough to write my blog in English, so I write it in Dutch.
Greetings !

Reader Wil said...

We didn't immigrate to Australia, we stayed in the Netherlands. I have lived here from January 1946 until now. I married here a Dutch husband and got three children here. Two of them live here and my second daughter immigrated to Australia in 1995, where she got married to an Aborigine, got two beautiful children, divorced her husband , but is still friends with him. She considers his relatives as hers. They are really great people. My daughter prefers Australia to Holland as it is larger and she feels happy there. I feel happy here in Holland. But I visit her every year.