Thursday, July 29, 2021

Summer Skies

Hello Poets,

It sure is hot! I love summer though. So, no complaints from me. I spent some time with paper, paints, and an old favorite poem this week.

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer 
By Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. 

Illustration of Whitman's poem by Linda M. 7/30/21

Hamish has been up to his usual hijinks...can you say WAHOO!? 

I'll be hosting Spiritual Thursday for August right here. I'll have a post up Wednesday evening. This month's theme is the word, respect.

Many thanks to Rebecca for hosting this week's round-up at Sloth Reads.


  1. Linda, I love what you did with the collage and paint in illustrating Walt Whitman's poem. Beautifully done.

    Hamish is up to some dangerous hijinks, it looks like! I'm so impressed that you write a poem about oxen every week. What a year! What a collection! You can put together a fun book of Ox poems at the end of the year.

  2. Hi Linda, I love your art to accompany the poem! I have a poetry notebook where I do collages to accompany poetry. I love flipping through it. Thank you for sharing your art.

  3. I love your illustration of Whitman's poem! And your Ox poem is fantastic! I could see that being a picture book! Have a good week!

  4. Linda, this is gorgeous! A beautiful interpretation of the poem.

  5. I love your "Wahoo! ox poem so delightfully rhythmic, and I think it ought to be picture book too! :)
    Your Whitman illustrated poem is stunning, love the playfulness in it, and all the words peeking through the blue and different stars, thanks Linda!

  6. OH MY HEAVENS. What a beautiful thing you have made out of paper, paints and Walt! You have mad skills to make every line fit comfortably in its ribbon of gold. Off to visit Hamish now...

  7. What a beautiful poem - and your artwork captures it perfectly.

  8. I am crazy about your collage work with this poem! It's just perfect. I can feel your wings spread as you craft more and more. Inspiring.

  9. That's one of my favorite Whitman poems, and your illustration adds so many new layers to the meaning. LOVE IT!

  10. I am sitting here so excited to read the streamer-like lines of the poem on your very special watercolor and paper collage, Linda. What a fantastic piece of poetic goodness you created! I wish my little girls were with me now to listen to your Wahoo! poem. I think they would love it as a counting book.

  11. Whoa, Linda, what beauty you create with those magic fingers of yours! Your collage is a stunning accompaniment to the Whitman poem. I also dashed off for a quick visit to Hamish and absolutely loved your latest poem, "A Word About Taurus."

  12. I love this poem by Whitman. Your illustration is the perfect, dreamy and starry. The background...are they painted papers in squares collaged.

    1. The background is pages from old books arranged in rectangles. The "underpants" as Lorrie Marie Jenkins (collage/mixed media artist on youtube) calls them. Check out her videos. Her style is very unique...and there's lots of technique lessons there.


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