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Art Therapy
Ellen Rowland


This morning I found myself
early in the cold kitchen
drawing vines of wildflowers
with colored pencils I found in a drawer--
putting aside for the moment
what might need doing, just letting
my hand move freely over the page
as I hadn’t done in such a long time.
My inner critic was nowhere to be found.
No buzzing of correction in my ears,
only the soft splay of bees’ legs in buttercups
and bird beaks working worms in the brown soil.
The sun rose in the top right corner, but I had
no yellow to fill it in, so it became ballet pink
and wonder blue, as all the best sunrises are.

© by Ellen Rowland.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Ellen Rowland says she “creates, concocts, and forages” when she’s not writing poetry inspired by the natural world and the human spirit. She leads small, generative workshops on craft and form and is the author of two collections of haiku/senryu: Light, Come Gather Me and Blue Seasons, and a collection of full-length poems, No Small Thing. Ellen lives “off the grid” with her family on an island in Greece. Learn more about her here and here.



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A fine start to the day!
Posted 03/15/2024 10:28 AM
A poet and an artist. Fab
Posted 03/12/2024 03:05 AM
Such beautiful poetry. A pleasure to read the perfectly crafted lines. Love the merging of art, nature, and poetry...
Posted 03/10/2024 06:06 PM
Leslie Hodge:
Just love the phrase "bees legs in buttercups"! Beautiful!
Posted 03/10/2024 05:17 PM
Lori Levy:
Peaceful. Great ending.
Posted 03/10/2024 02:19 PM
What an excellent crafted poem and free flowing artwork that you show us as you create it! I will be checking out Ellens pages. Thank you,
Posted 03/10/2024 01:29 PM
What a helpful poem for this morning. Yes to "just letting my hand move freely over the page".I will check out Ellen's books--I am intrigued.
Posted 03/10/2024 11:40 AM
Fun , endearing.
Posted 03/10/2024 10:43 AM
Larry Schug:
The drawing and the poem that resulted become more important than "what might need doing". Good work.
Posted 03/10/2024 09:43 AM
Wilda Morris:
Lovely! A wonderful ending!
Posted 03/10/2024 08:44 AM

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