Borrowed Art

The collage above was created from a W magazine and one of my favorite Martha Graham quotes:

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it."

It hung on our door as a poetic sort of welcome mat till our neighbor Luigi asked if the "poetry" was mine. I said no - and felt sheepish. The irony struck me: the fact that I was hiding behind someone else's words went against the very point of the quote, and my reason for displaying it in the first place.

The next day I took it down, burned a portion of it, saved the ash, and began to compose.

A new collage will hang on our door in due time - and yes, the poetry will be mine.

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