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Poetry and Art Part IV

Today we conclude our exploration of poetry and art.  I want to offer a profound prayer of gratitude and BLESSING to Catherine E. Case for sharing her art here.  I also want to thank my life for providing the inspiration for the poetry shared here and which is part of my upcoming book, Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself.

Windows to the Soul by Catherine E. Case
Windows to the Soul by Catherine E. Case

Truth Beyond the Words

I’ve heard it in your voice,
The tightly strained constriction
Choking on your deceit
The voice that says to me,
“I’m hiding something.”
Behind that voice I see the truth
Lying naked in your bed
Sitting beside you on the couch
Gazing into your eyes in innocent ignorance
Enraptured by your seduction.
I’m not that stupid.
Have you learned nothing of my gift?
Or have you simply forgotten –
Choosing to ignore the fact
that in my presence, none can deceive.
For I always hear
The truth beyond the words.

Catherine E. CaseCatherine Case holds an MFA, an MA and a BFA, with an emphasis in graphic design, drawing and illustration. In addition to the aforementioned, she has at multiple locations throughout the United States, served as Academic Department Chair, Exhibition Judge, Gallery Director, Guest Artist and Guest Speaker. A Professor of fine and graphic arts for over two decades, and Business Owner in the field of design for over thirty years, her awards, grants and publications are numerous.  Catherine exhibits her continuously evolving fine art in solo, group and juried exhibitions, in addition to having solid gallery representation.  Catherine can be reached at catherinecase@me.com

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Poetry and Art Part III

Part III of the marriage between poetry and art, continuing the exploration of the amazing work of Catherine E. Case, here accompanied by selections from my upcoming book, Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself.

Self Portrait, by Catherine E. Case
Self Portrait, by Catherine E. Case

The voice of self-loathing chants:
Never Enough
Never Good Enough
Something Wrong with Me
It is surely my fault
Leaving behind a black, oozing, cavernous pit of want.
The oozing, dripping, eight-armed beast arises.
Tentacles
Craving
Searching
Reaching
Grasping
Love me
Desire me
Want me
Know me
Worship me
Praise me
Adore me
Longing to fill the void
Sighing, It’s not enough
And judging this too as wrong.

Catherine E. CaseCatherine Case holds an MFA, an MA and a BFA, with an emphasis in graphic design, drawing and illustration. In addition to the aforementioned, she has at multiple locations throughout the United States, served as Academic Department Chair, Exhibition Judge, Gallery Director, Guest Artist and Guest Speaker. A Professor of fine and graphic arts for over two decades, and Business Owner in the field of design for over thirty years, her awards, grants and publications are numerous.  Catherine exhibits her continuously evolving fine art in solo, group and juried exhibitions, in addition to having solid gallery representation.  Catherine can be reached at catherinecase@me.com

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Poetry and Art Part II

Continuing the marriage between poetry and art, today I have another selection of Catherine E. Case’s amazing work…accompanied by a poetry selection from my upcoming book, Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself. 

Mary Was Afraid by Catherine E. Case
Mary Was Afraid by Catherine E. Case

To Try Love Again

Be willing to have your heart broken by love.
Be courageous enough to love knowing:
You will be imperfect in it.
You will trip
And you will fall.
You will disappoint
And be disappointed.
He will break your heart
And you will break his
And together, find healing through forgiveness.
For what other reason could you be here than to love and to know love in
return?
And only those with a courageous heart—one that’s been broken a million
times
Are daring enough
To
Try
Love
Again.

Catherine E. CaseCatherine Case holds an MFA, an MA and a BFA, with an emphasis in graphic design, drawing and illustration. In addition to the aforementioned, she has at multiple locations throughout the United States, served as Academic Department Chair, Exhibition Judge, Gallery Director, Guest Artist and Guest Speaker. A Professor of fine and graphic arts for over two decades, and Business Owner in the field of design for over thirty years, her awards, grants and publications are numerous.  Catherine exhibits her continuously evolving fine art in solo, group and juried exhibitions, in addition to having solid gallery representation.  Catherine can be reached at catherinecase@me.com

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Poetry and Art

In the coming blogs, I am deviating from my standard practice to focus on the work of one of my favorite artists, one whose work I am proud to share on the cover of my upcoming book, Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself.  The artist is Catherine E. Case and I find her work stunning, breathtaking and provocative.  She is one of the most talented portrait artists I know, not to mention being a fabulous teacher.  In the upcoming blogs, I will feature individual pieces of Catherine’s art, here accompanied by a poetry selection from Returning.  Enjoy!

Lauri as Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case
Lauri as Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case

A New Church

I have a vision, a Church renewed, I see.
A Church of God in persons three.
At the head is the Spirit, empowering us here.
To Jesus’ teachings – we hold them dear.
The Creator, no longer “Father of Might”
But… ‘tis the source from whom the breath of life flows and is present in
all forms of vibrations and light!
Step one, we believe we are all made of love.
Step two, we are one – God within, not above.
We share in the abundance of creation, that’s true.
All that’s mine, also yours, those who lack, but a few.
Faith defined not by creed,
But by the extent to which we believe,
In steps one and two, so as not to deceive –
God made us in love.
God within, not above.
Jesus the example of the truth of this love.
A fully realized human, embodies what’s true.
Jesus’ life an example of what we’re to do.
Heal the sick, feed the hungry,
Preach, teach, pray and obey.
Attuned to the Spirit, bringing her will forth today.
For us to find wholeness without and within,
To return to the Creator, again and again.

Catherine E. CaseCatherine Case holds an MFA, an MA and a BFA, with an emphasis in graphic design, drawing and illustration. In addition to the aforementioned, she has at multiple locations throughout the United States, served as Academic Department Chair, Exhibition Judge, Gallery Director, Guest Artist and Guest Speaker. A Professor of fine and graphic arts for over two decades, and Business Owner in the field of design for over thirty years, her awards, grants and publications are numerous.  Catherine exhibits her continuously evolving fine art in solo, group and juried exhibitions, in addition to having solid gallery representation.  Catherine can be reached at catherinecase@me.com.