My how things change!!! That whole attitude of laziness toward writing disappeared when depression reared its ugly head in my life and it was then that writing became extremely important to my well-being. Through the habit of daily journaling, I wrote myself out of my sorrows. I enjoyed journaling so much that I decided that I just might like to become a writer. I started to send some of my poems and other writings to magazines hoping to become published, but only received rejections.
So, I began Imprisoned in My Bones as a means of sharing my thoughts without the fear of rejection. That's not to say that a good deal of anxiety didn't go into each press of the "publish" button. When you put your life into words for the whole world to read, you fear over-exposure. Suddenly I felt turned inside out, as though the whole world could see beyond my skin and into my very heart and soul and that was very intimidating. But with the writing of this blog, the thought of writing a book became far removed from my mind and I was satisfied to share my amateur thoughts here, online, with you, dear reader.
Every so often people still encourage me to write a book, but I usually don't allow myself to dwell upon that prospect. Life is wonderfully busy and full and I just haven't felt the strong desire to become published as I once did. I've been very satisfied to write for the Lord in this little corner of the blogosphere. But recently, my dear friend Christi Jentz matter-of-factly said, "You write poems and I'll illustrate them." And suddenly I thought, that would work! Christi is such a brilliant artist, and if she believed I had the talent and ability to put together a book of poetry to glorify the Lord, then I guess I better listen and get busy.
So we're at the very early stages of something that will probably take several years before I feel satisfied enough to submit for publishing. For now, Christi has been taking some of my shorter poems, or parts of poems, and painting artwork to enhance the words. She is amazing! Her love for her craft shows through with each prayerful stroke of her brush and her paintings make my words come alive in ways I had never imagined possible.
Please visit Christi's website, Lumen Christi, to view the first four paintings and learn more about what she sweetly calls the "Annabella Series." The fourth in the series, "Sun-Kissed Weeds" is below. Each of the following links will take you to the works, or works-in-progress, for the poems she has painted thus far. And, if you have any advice or expertise about publishing poems and paintings, we would be very grateful if you would share!
The Transfiguration Prayer
Soft Wood of the Tree
I watch as the sun kisses
the weeds in the meadow
licking the early morning
frost off the leaves
in a passionate act of love
known only to me
and the unseen wildlife