Seeking Autumn


A few images inspired by the temperatures finally cooling and catching a glimpse of Autumn on the horizon.

A Touch of Autumn
Naked
Autumn in Bloom
Tree in Prayer

Be well,

Monty


“From Here” – New Book Release


From Here is a collection of poems that have been inspired by poetry, the poetry of others as well as the poetry of my life.

“From Here”

This is a small collection including 24 poems and illustrations. The illustrations explore ‘found patterns’, which like the poems, often led me to surprising and beautiful results.

Illustration from “From Here”

Now available from Amazon as paperback, hardcover, and e-book.


Be well,

Monty


The Orchard on Putney Hill Road


The road home from school passed by an orchard;
A fence protected the harvest from our thieving hands;
But there were several old apple trees that reached over the fence and hung their wares for our taking;
It was a long ride home; all uphill;
Too hard a ride to be weighted down with heavy overgrown apples in our hands —
So we stopped and ate some on the spot,
My brother and I;
A fond memory.


Be well,

Monty


a prayer

A golden shovel poem/prayer.


Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the grey mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

“Under the Harvest Moon” by Carl Sandburg

A Prayer

From Carl Sandburg’s “Under the Harvest Moon”

Please God, lift me up from under
This heaviness; sew the
Seed of hope in my heart for next seasons’s harvest;
Fill me up with the gentle light of Your moon
For when
The
Soft
Hues of blue and silver
Shine upon me, my eye drips
Shimmering
Moisture over
The
Cracked soil of my soul, and coaxes the seed to garden
Into faithful nights.

Please Lord, may the certainty of death
Be enough to grant me the
Patience for meeting the grey
Mocker,
May you gift me with serenity before he comes
And
Whispers his welcome to
Me? Do I ask too much of You
As
I weep to life a
Beautiful
Bloom of faith and a friend
Who
Remembers?

Thank you God for providing this shade to rest under,
A cool oasis from the
Endless summer
Sun with it blazing shame that burns through the roses.
For when
The light shines upon my flagrant
Sins, their thorns prick crimson,
And their evil, which lurks
In
The
Dusk
Of
The
Soul, spreads wild
And red,
With poison laced leaves.

Thank you Lord, for planting this seed of love
With
Your own hands and teaching me, despite little
Faith, that in my own hands
Comes
The power of prayer, letting go, and
Accepting the touches
Of guidance You
Provide — with
A
Light whisper or a
Thousand
Memories.

And
Yet here I pray with asks
To You,
To bless me faith, so beautiful;
To answer the unanswerable;
To understand I still have questions.


Be well,

Monty


Believe


The following found patterns were all generated from “believe”. Perhaps the diversity of results is part of the answer?


Be well,

Monty


Patterns in the Round


Tea in the Round I
Tea in the Round II
天 in the Round
Odeon in the Round

Be well,

Monty


Playing with Tea Time


I’m playing. At times I may call myself an author, a poet, an illustrator, or other such titles, but at my essence I’m a child at play. I play around with words and images, with colors and ideas, with emotions and patterns. I am curious to see what comes of it. But mostly I’m just playing and having fun in discovery.

In the below exploration I’ve worked with one of the figures in this “Tea Time” piece (which is also new and not shared before, so enjoy) and experimented with subtraction techniques (i.e. erasure) and seeing what the result would be. I’m partial to “Playing with Tea Time II”. How about you?


Tea Time
Playing with Tea Time I
Playing with Tea Time II
Playing with Tea Time III

Be well,

Monty


Running Free (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


*this is a work of fiction for me, but I pray for those for whom its a reality.

Be well,

Monty

我爱你 (I Love You)


我爱你 (“I Love You”)

This is a culmination of my recent work exploring the use of Chinese characters and exploring “found patterns”. 我爱你,meaning “I love you” and pronounced “wo ai ni” in mandarin, are the characterized used in this piece. The squared presentation is reminiscent of the signature chops used in China. I’ve lived and worked as a guest in China for over a decade and am grateful for the experience and opportunity to fully appreciate the culture and language. This is an expression of that appreciation.


Be well,

Monty


Abundance of Love (爱)


爱 (Love)
Abundance of Love I
Abundance of Love II

These images were created by writing in script the Chinese character “爱” (pronounced “ai”, meaning love) and repeating/overlapping in various configurations. This is a follow-up to my exploration with Chinese character found patterns beginning with “我”.

Be well,

Monty