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Monday's Poem

Photo by Lucinda Chodan


Maltwood Gallery Exhibit
Atelier de l'Ile

© 2007 Amy Ainbinder


first to welcome
last to say goodby,
not farewell
as they swoop
and caw, riding
low over the
escorting us part way.

Living where death
makes a home.



*Nostomania: a big desire to return home

written on labor day, 2007 on linden street while listening to piano concerto no. 20 by mozart, on a car radio, sketching the arched and touching trees on linden, near faithful street, looking downhill, away from dallas road. sunny out, and crows like dancers and then, winging to a high evergreen. they were the first things, animals, we took note of here when we landed on a wintry day of lots of snow back east to a cool day here, but with crows and roses, holly trees, etc. we were amazed! ... anyway ... enough of that little poem's history.

As a visual artist working in mixed media paintings, drawings, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and papermaking for over 30 years, I have used poetry in many of the pieces as titles, inspirations, ideas, and have invited poets to read at my solo shows. I have exhibited in Canada, the U.S., and Dachau, Germany. I began again to write poems and read at the open mike in the fall of 2005 at Mocambopo Cafe in Victoria, B.C. In 2006 my poem, "The Vision of Ezekiel" and the triptych of the same title created in 1991-92 (4 ft. x 3 ft. of mixed media on steel), were included in an exhibition and chapbook entitled The Ezekiel Project (Victoria, B.C.).