With romance in the air (yes, Valentines Day still means something to some people) It seems most appropriate to use poetry as inspiration for the stories of my new Etsy listings.

I really connected with "Failing and Flying" by Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It's the same thing when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning to extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

There is no failure in love lost when memories are good.


New Squareheads

I have three new additions which are not yet ready to be added to Etsy. This is the first. I am pretty comfortable naming her Esther, but her story hasn't come to me yet. I've sent out some feelers to Jess, who is my story muse. Her sense of humor sometimes brings tears to my eyes. I'll wait patiently and see what comes forth. I'm thinking that Esther's outline needs to be bolder as thick as the line around her skirt. A few more days just looking at her before I call her finished.

This one is pretty much finished, except for the locket swinging from her elegant neck. A title and a story, a frame and some jewels and she is ready for Etsy.

Love Is A Myth
The story for her was easy. Although I like this very raw look of the wood peaking through I can't quite call her finished yet. She needs a tattoo like a brand to bring her ancient aesthetic to the 21st century and a few highlights on her Andalusian tail. Soon, very soon.