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Leslie Avon Miller

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

haiku for the new year

new year's haiku 1
Leslie Avon Miller
At the change of the year I require light, and space and room to breathe. I need time for mental clearing away and sorting to allow room to allow freshness in my life. January is such a personal month. I withdraw, cocoon and cleanse, preparing for what is to come.


new year's haiku 2
Leslie Avon Miller
I find myself stacking antique Japanese glass floats on an equally aged silver tray. They capture and reflect the pale winter light. Their aura is simple. They reflect my mood, symbols of vintage beauty brought forward in news ways to this time and this place.

new year's haiku 3
Leslie Avon Miller

The rich sparseness of Haiku appeals to me. I find myself sorting, choosing, tearing, shaping and arranging small space to please my need for minimalism and clarity.

new year's haiku 4
Leslie Avon Miller

 

threading a needle
on new year's day
the spool unwinds
 
Jane Reichhold
 
 
new year's haiku 5
Leslie Avon Miller
 
                                The first page of my new journal reads:
 
365 new days
 
and the second page
 
Let your life be a painting
Let your life be a poem
 
Osho
 
 
new year's haiku 6
Leslie Avon Miller
 
 
 
Best of new year wishes to you.





23 comments:

  1. These collage on BFK Reeves print making paper are 5 by 7 inches or 4 by 6 inches. The collage papers are artist tissue or other papers I have printed using water colors. I have also used small amounts of purchased papers, sometimes preferring the back of the purchased papers to the front. Thank you for visiting.

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  2. They are serenely lovely, Leslie.

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  3. glad to have you back.
    the collages are like haiku -- so much with so seemingly little -- and exquisite.
    a quilting friend who often uses the back of the fabric says, with a wink and a grin, "you buy both sides of the fabric."

    best in the new year,
    melanie

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    1. I love that "you buy both sides of the fabric!" And thanks, its lovely to be back.

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  4. It's the third page of the journal I struggle with.
    And while I find myself doing all the same things this time of year, trying to find that clarity, I know deep down that mine only comes from work. Still, I keep stacking, sweeping, arranging...
    ; )
    Best to you this year,

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    1. Yes, page three is a challenge. I am combining visual work with my collage papers with words that appeal to me. I also write down things I am grateful for. I just don't do well with a traditional journal approach. Thanks for stopping by Daryl. Love your work!

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  5. I love the elegance and simplicity of these - quite breathtaking. And so aptly named liked the elegant haiku... Wishing you wonder as you settle into the year, exploring here and there, and lighting upon special places that make magic. Go well.

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    1. Thank you Fiona. There is something about simplicity after the holidays that I just need.

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  6. Happy New Year and so glad to see this new and beautiful work.

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    1. Hi Mary Ann: happy new year to you and thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Stillness, silence and spaciousness, that's what the Buddhist teacher I study with teaches. He calls them three precious pills, perhaps the medicine for January, if not always?

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    1. Oh yes, stillness, silence and spaciousness. I need them like a vitamin tonic this time of year.

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  8. Exquisite new year's haiku, Leslie! (The embossing is very effective). I have been chastising myself for not doing the things I had planned to do in January but after reading this post I feel better about it. It makes sense that January is a cocooning, cleansing month after the Christmas rush. I like Carole's idea of the three pills for January.... Stillness, silence and spaciousness. Qualities I often find in your posts.

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    1. January is a slow down month for me. I need to get my bearings before I plunge ahead. I need some "me" time. I hope you find some too!

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  9. Hi LAM - What a beautiful way to start the year bin terms of quietness, simplicity in space, thoughts and works. May 2015 be one filled with peace, creativity and simplicity. Go well. B

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    1. Hello Barry wishing an artfully rich New Year.

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  10. Merci Leslie for your lovely poem visual.... each one is a great window, the 2-3-4 are my personnal choice ***** perfect space for dream
    inspiration invitation .......................................

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    1. Thank you Denise. We create the clear simple space first in the mind and then on the paper. Happy new year to you.

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  11. What beautiful poetic words and images to start off the new year... let the light soak in.

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  12. Lovely work and words, Leslie. It's good to have you back, writing on your blog. Do you know the work of Joan Schulze who does small cloth/paper Haiku? http://www.joan-of-arts.com/

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  13. I like your art very well!
    Susanna from Germany

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  14. These haiku pieces are so rich in their simplicity - wonderful!

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