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April 19, 2017


I am asked to write about love
as an everyday object,
and I think of our down blanket, which we use all year
in the mountains, though you grow warm about as soon as you take root
while everything human in me seems cut off
from its grounding–I’m talking feet but also

And I think too (still waxing symbolic) of our lack
of bathing suits, an aspect of the isolated streams
in our mountains, the way that lack allows us
to really feel flow’s
caress and grip;

and okay, it’s a little precious
to talk of love in terms of down blankets and lacks
of bathing suits–even though I could go on at length
about loft and stretch–
because honestly it would probably be a lot more interesting if I’d just move
to the bodies beneath
the down blanket, the lack
of bathing suit–
to the lavender caverns of muscle (yours),
the pales of lugubrious flesh (yes, those would be
and whatever it is curves as gently
as a feather
when it rests,
what keeps afloat a head (let’s call it
your shoulder),
what blankets a shoulder
(let’s call it
my head),

that what
that touches both our sides
that warms,
that bares–



Very drafty poem for April and Sanaa’s prompt on Real Toads to write of love in the context of an everyday object.  Pic is mine–it wasn’t really drawn for this poem, but I like it!  All rights reserved. 

Three Charcoals After Redon

April 15, 2017

More craziness for April 2017.  Charcoal on paper.  All rights reserved.  Karin Gustafson.


More faces in tree, charcoal, pastel

April 15, 2017

April (Easter Saturday) 2017, all rights reserved, k. gustafson. 

Good Friday effort

April 14, 2017

Attempt at Good Friday pastel.  All rights reserved.  April 2017. 


April 14, 2017

April 2017, pastel on paper, all rights reserved, Karin Gustafson. 

Also pencil on paper

April 8, 2017

Also pencil on paper, April 2017.  I may go rather hog wild on these as drawing and visual art (absent elephants and without too many little dogs) is such a new thing for me.  Thanks.  K

Back to Drawing Board

April 8, 2017

In a very nice place right now, but not with mental space for April poems so am going back to posting drawings.  Will probably do them as separate posts rather than combined. Hope all are well.  K. 
Ps above pencil on paper, all rights reserved.