Dreams, Faith, Family, Hope, Love, poetry

Art As Poetry

Amor A Todas Horas-Simon SIlva alvaradofrazier.com
Amor A Todas Horas-Simon SIlva alvaradofrazier.com

This painting, by Simon Silva, has been in my home for 15 years. I’ve passed by it hundreds of times. It wasn’t until last night that I sat down and recalled why I bought it in the first place.

The colors and curves caught my eye. As a mother of young children, the image spoke to a mother’s love, parenting, and family.

 But, it was the title “Amor A Todas Horas,” that caught my heart. 

All these years, the art piece has graced my home without me really looking at the details. Something I hadn’t noticed before caught my eye. There is a note on the small table next to the mother and child.

“Mi Amor para ti, es amor a todas horas.” 

“My Love for you, is a love for all time.”

From that one note, the art piece spoke to me in a different way. An entire scene played in my head. A poem surfaced:

Amor a Todas Horas

My love for you,

is a love for all time.

 

Remember this as the candle

casts shadows on the wall,

when the moon tests faith and 

you worry about an unknown fate.

 

And I will remember

the curve of your warmth,

your soft embrace,

against my dreams.

The glow of your love,

a blanket for our child,

a hope that warms

the both of us.

Wait for me 

when the moon rises

on your despair,

and sets on your sorrow.

Wait for me like the roses

beneath our window,

even when the petals fall,

and the bush grows thorny.

 

Remember this

my love,

through every sunrise,

and every sunset.

 

Mi amor para ti,

es amor a todas horas. ©

I’ll make it a point to go around my home and really listen to how the art speaks to me. I hope you do too.

For Simon Silva paintings please go to his site. 

AROHO, Chingonas, Dreams, Goals, How to be a Chingona, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Ghost Ranch, Greek Myths, and Writing

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Sunset over Sandstone at Ghost Ranch. Gettyimages.

My bags aren’t packed yet for my trip tomorrow to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, because one of the kids beat me to the washing machine this morning. I’m not stressing though because I am still drifting on a dream.

Last January I thought about my goals for the year. The intention word to myself was “Create.” To make the word more concrete, I found and filled out a printable called “Roadmap to My Dreams.”  In the area “bravery is a matter of belief, and I believe I can…” I listed “…submit my writing for a fellowship, contest, anthology, or magazine.”

In a matter of days I came across the website for A Room Of Her Own (AROHO): A Foundation for Women Writers. One of my writing buddies, Florencia, attended in 2012 and talked about her life changing experiences.  Applications for fellowships would close in three weeks. The chatter in my head kept me thinking about this challenge. There are thousands of writers who would love to attend a weeklong retreat filled with writers, poets, and published authors leading workshops. Should I or shouldn’t I submit for a fellowship.

I reminded myself of Sandra Cisneros’ “How To Be A Chingona in 10 Easy Steps.

Step One: Live for your own approval. Center yourself. Be alone. Create your own space.

There was that word again: Create. That is just what I needed to recharge myself. I submitted my application with a 10 page writing sample and was accepted. Writing is usually lonely and acknowledgements don’t come as often as rejection letters, so honestly, this award surprised the s*it out of me.

As a double bonus, I will be at Ghost Ranch during the peak time for the Perseid meteor showers. This display is named after the constellation Perseus, the hero of ancient Greek myth born from a shower of celestial gold. For three or four nights the sky will be pelted with shooting stars and fireballs.

The big city dweller that I am, I’ve never seen more than one shooting star before. But I can imagine that the expansive New Mexican sky will be sprinkled with brilliant heavenly dust. I’ll thank the stars, the universe, and God for giving me this experience, this impetus to move forward and keep writing.

Perseids Meteor Shower. Getty images.
Perseids Meteor Shower. Getty images.
Dreams, Encouragement, Go For Your Dreams, Goals, Visualization

Roadmap To Your Dreams


Last year my pre New Year’s word of intention was Create. This year I didn’t plan on a new word. The last week of the year was kind of fuzzy because of illness, so I decided to forget about it. 

But there is no forgetting, I found my phrase-it found me- during the first hours on New Year’s Day.

After the NYE party I slept for four hours before my boyfriend and I drove to Pasadena to spend the morning at the Rose Parade. 

Attending the parade, an hour and fifteen minutes away, was one of those last minute “Go for it,” moments when you really go for it, whatever the cost. Oh, it was worth it even at a chilly (for Southern Cal residents) 42^ morning.

The first float was “Follow Your Dreams.” A multi-island 5,000 rose festooned float, using features inspired by Dr. Seuss, illustrated a child’s imagination and dreams. 

An island, a bridge, a castle, 16 foot slide, pinwheels and planes fashioned from 20,000 flowers gave me my inspiration for the new year: Go For My Dreams  

This is not to say that one clicks the red sparkly shoes repeating “Follow your dreams,” ad nauseum.
The theme is a reminder to keep dreaming, to never give up, to remember that one step back can be followed by a step forward, like  in a great little cha-cha dance: side step, back step, forward. 

When following your dreams a roadmap is wise-you might get there quicker. And it can’t be any old map-it has to be your map.

Instead of cities along the road, visualize landmarks or stepping stones working towards small and larger goals. Make a collage or use an old road map and draw on it. Or try this free printable from Living Locurto.  Now put it somewhere you can frequently view it.


                                                                  Your map=Your dream

Now, name your goals/dreams, draw them, and/or find a symbol for the dream to feel it. Look at the details of your dreams in your mind’s eye. Keep a hold of that vivid image, refer to your drawing, or symbol for it whenever you need a reminder of your dream. 

Okay, got the picture? 
Now, go for your dreams, one step at a time, enjoy the scenery, include rest stops and may you have a creative, loving, and peaceful New Year.