Posts tagged ‘illustration’

March 20, 2012

Spring is Sure to Follow

by Jillian Douglas

Spring is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love watching the world come to life, the buds forming on the trees, the mud oozing beneath my feet. Even though this winter wasn’t very wintery, I still can’t help but feel renewed as I listen to the birds sing outside the window and watch the sun pour into these dark rooms once more. Not to mention, my birthday is coming up, which is always nice, too. 🙂

Here’s a lovely poem by Mary Oliver for this fine, spring day.

Spring

Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
I think of her
rising
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
coming
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her—
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.

 

Well have a fantastic Spring day!

jj

Image by Alyssa Nassner.

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February 1, 2012

Love, Lost and Found

by Jillian Douglas

Lovelies,
This Christmas my brother’s girlfriend gave me a delightful book titled Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found by Sophie Blackall.
It’s a collection of little blurbs people put on Craigslist or in newspapers in hopes to reconnect with someone they happened to meet but lost, and whimsical illustrations to match these little but important events. It is the sweetest book ever, and just perfect for anyone who’s ever thought, what if?

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

Missed Connections actually started as a blog… where people fell in love with Sophie’s illustrations. Now prints are available for sale at her Etsy shop, too.

Here’s one I love…

Girl Sleeping on Train
Sunday, May 9, 2010
-m4w -19 (2 or 5 train)
You were the gorgeous brunette sleeping on the train. I was the guy sitting next to you. I just wanted to apologize for my repeated lack of consciousness onto your shoulder, we both got off at flatbush. Hit me back up if you think this is you.

So if you need a good dream nowadays, please grab this book, or visit her blog. You will be delighted.
And who knows what could happen to you one day?

Photos acquired from the Sophie Blackall shop and blog.