Thursday, January 7, 2010

sidewalks and children

(page 2 of my art/heart journal)

Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

... for this page I used my own "flower pounded paper," oil pastels, an image from a storybook and my micron pen. For the how-to on flower pounded paper go to this earlier post.
Thank you for all of the kind and wonderful comments on what I've done so far with this mini-chunky book.
This little project is helping me out of a funky rut ... and your comments are encouraging :)


Amy said...

WAY ADORABLE>>>I adore your tiny book of love and inspiration!

ooglebloops said...

Such a cute tiny book -!! And you transformed one of my fav children's books!!!

Rosie said...

I didn't know this poem before, so thank you for that. Your chunky book is going to be lovely ... I did start one of these but quickly found that the book wouldn't close properly so got discouraged ....

ale said...

QUÉ LINDO KIMMIE!!!! very very inspiring !!!!!!an enormous kiss for you!!!!!!!!!

nancy neva gagliano said...

well, you turned to SHEL at the right time...he's always good at pulling us out of ruts. so clever and funny at times, with truth ringing through.
and taking you into the meditativeness of penning his words so carefully on this darling piece!

Jane said...

Another beautiful piece to brighten a gloomy day, Kimmie. Well done!

*jean* said...

oo so wonderful! so sweet and so amazing that you can write so small too!! :o) i love what you are doing with your little book....and your flower paper, what a delightful way to remember the summertime...i'll have to try that next summer!! this winter has been a bit challenging....i can handle snow but this crazy cold has me fighting cabin fever in a big way....makes me wanna say gggggrrrrr....

i must say, shel is one of my favs too....makes me think of my own childhood..thank you


Char said...

Your tiny boardbook is fabulous. Fab poem too.

Tyggereye said...

This is so pretty. I love all that is minature. Very cool

Tyggereye said...

Thanks for the tip about the mini crock pot. I'll have to look for one of those! They're usually pretty cheap.

sukipoet said...

love this. i have used board books from time to time to alter and like the surface. solid.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Shel S has been a fav here with out boys...wonderful wonderful Kimmie
I find after the holidays always take a bit of adjustment ... the pressure of a new year and all it should hold
I try and remember to just play!
Word Verification: nooftand
sounds like a Harry Potter magic spell or something equal to POOF? :)

Nancy said...

Lovely little chunky book :)

ELK said...

a favored poet...and the art goes hand in hand!

Anonymous said...

I love this little journal I can't wait to see the next picture! Christen

Linda Vincent said...

I love this poem and read it many times in my former (teaching) life. Your little pages are delightful...I really like the way you've arranged the writing. I'll go and follow your link now....