Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dreaming of poetry and art

I left this meat tray with powdered paint sitting out on my kitchen counter (for days) after playing with some fabric painting.  The fabric didn't turn out to be what I needed, but I snapped a photo of the paint powder.  I love the bright, intense colors and the texture of the powder.  And I thought, "Hmm, that could make a pretty background for something!"

Coincidentally, I've had some new ideas about my poem, "I Dreamed."

 It came to me in essence as a gift, and I love sharing it when I can.  It seems to be as meaningful to others as it is to me and I've been thinking about ways to further share it.  There really aren't many poems about Down Syndrome or any other disability.  I guess it's not the kind of thing people get inspired to write about.  However, there is a need for meaningful, inspiring messages for parents and teachers and service providers.  So where I'm going with this is the possibility of a poster, a postcard (or some smallish size) and a greeting card.

The greeting card seems especially important----when a baby is born, people want to send a card.  They all say "Congratulations on your new baby" but I know people are hesitant to send such a card, knowing many times the parents are in some state of emotional shock or grief.

I imagine that this poem would bring a message of inspiration and hope, as well as acknowledging that this child is not necessarily what everyone dreams of.  And I think it's important to acknowledge that.

I'd love to know what you think, and any suggestions or ideas you might have!


Wendy Sullivan/Wind Gypsy said...

Magnificent. Such a natural next step for you. I can see this whole idea evolving into areas that you can't even imagine yet. Such a great first step of many.

That pan with the color in it would be a great first layer in your Flora Bowley class that you will be taking!! Wendy

Sandy Dumais said...

Amy this is beautiful- a tender and uplifting message. You are a great mom! And this is a fantastic idea- do it!!


Jenn said...

That's incredibly inspiring and positive reinforcement of a wonderful boy.

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son. Its obvious what a close, loving family bond you all share. Beautiful to read about it x

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Amy, i love that gorgeous background! So vibrant and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your's so beautiful and inspiring! Have a lovely merry happy new week and love to you!

Valerie said...

It's a beautiful idea, Amy, and a testament to your love for your son, in all his many colors. You are on to something, girl!
x, Valerie Hebert (from HSHB)

Felicia said...

Everything I read about you Amy tells me that you are an amazing Mum an amazing artist and an amazing person - so glad to have "met" you and hope that one day our group will meet for real! x