Poetry: Even In 1984 With Treason

CS Sherin
October 17, 2018
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What gracious time is this

when I walk through air on

earth and swim through water

under the sky? What grace

filled time is this

where I am sheltered every night

surrounded by six other beings who

wish and show me only love, who

stand by me no matter the weather

or time?  What glorious synchronicities

are these that orchestrate order in spite of

chaos, beauty and kindness in spite of active

hatred, wild regenerative wellness in spite of

polluted toxic disease? What timeless peace within

is this that reverberates endlessly in the

midst of cacophonies of strife and unrest?

What beautiful mind-bending grace is this? –this

breath, this heart — the rhythm and song within

us? PurplePrairieFlowers_2018_CSSherin_wildclover.org copyWhat is this glorious triumph of love that

travels beyond atrocities, that has no rival–

unmeasured goodness surviving here,

beyond the vision and grasp of all the

twisted distortions that destroy, erase, consume,

and assimilate. It is the great mystery of

ultimate reality beyond this, yet it is evidenced

through and through. Just as we give up hope,

just as the darkness enfolds, just as the distortions

distort yet more, the day after, the breath after that,

PrairieFlowers2018_CSSherin_wildclover.org copythe morning after that, the week after that–woven

through everything, invisible yet ineffable,

indelible — Great presence endures — untraceable

even in the worst 1984 with treason.


CS Sherin, WildClover |WildClover.org 2018©


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Haiku And Poems ~ Third Week Of April

CS Sherin
April 22, 2018; Earth Day

I have been writing daily poetry to honor my inner muse, poetry month, and the voice of the soul–which is a salve of relief for the spirit. I have been disciplining myself by doing daily haiku, with the exception of a couple. Today, as this practice converged with Earth Day, I decided to try writing a sonnet. And that is what I did! –with love for poetry, creativity, goodness, and Earth.

April 14
There were ten eagles
soaring high above our house.
I slept well that night.

April 15
Letting go of old
pain and mistakes hurts yet it
ends and is healing.

April 16
Writing over old
programs deletes them. I use
song and word sunshine.

April 17
Migrating birds have come,
singing, eating worms. Melting
snow reveals deep mud.

April 18
THE MUD IS DEEP
under the snow
even though it will
snow more–
past mid-April
as it is.
Robins are still finding worms,
birds are still singing
lilting melodies above our heads,
visitors passing through still
arrive and stay awhile,
squirrels still gather to play
and scrounge for morsels.
The pelicans have come
to our great river
with their
compelling size, unmistakable
beaks with impossible folding
pouches that can hold
three gallons of water–
who soar in slow motion glory on
the highest of winds…
The sun will emerge
the snow will melt
it will flood the rivers
as the marshes begin to arise
teeming with life.
Life will course back
into the greening of the
trees, buds will break open
into the miraculous unexplainable
beauty that are flowers.
As we persevere and breathe in
and out without trying,
we will continue to bring
cause and effect upon ourselves
and this Earth.
We will continue to form our
own realities whether we
take responsibility for ourselves
or not. As for me,
where I am torn, I am set on mending.
Where I fell, there are scars–
evidence of the ability to heal.
Invisible hard work done
in inner winter
floods into Spring
and Spring does come
inside
and then out
one way
and then
another.

April 19
Maple blossoms have
emerged, along with the sun
and real warmth, waxing.

April 20
Uninvited joy—
what a welcome guest! It comes
with sunshine and warmth.

April 21
A.I. think we are
pretending to be human.
Are they mistaken?

April 22, Earth Day
Over twenty years ago, I walked the gravelled marsh trails alone.
Today the paved marsh trails were teeming with people and each phone.
People with big cameras waited to capture the beauty there.
Wood ducks, coots, great blue herons, geese, teals, egrets, and turtles fair.

Earth day for some means a business ploy.
Or to enjoy being out in Nature spotting birds so coy.
As we walked past countless active people, I saw beyond the brambles to down below,
so much garbage—styrofoam, plastic, and an entire garbage can in the water’s flow.

I looked with frustration as it was out of my reach.
All the toxins in our marsh, with chemicals that leach.
Noticing the joy of us all enjoying warm weather, and at the same time,
so many ignoring the signs of our negative impacts that just don’t rhyme.

Earth day is every day as long as we live and breathe.
I hope we each can awaken to a daily Earth day before we leave.

by CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018© 


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Retrospective: Past Works, Part Three

Past Works, Part 3: Oil Paintings of the Late 1990s
Chandra S Sherin
March 1, 2018

Continuing from last week, here is the third installation of the look back at my early works from the end of the 1990s. This is another group of oil paintings.

While I feel great nostalgia for oil painting because it was a medium I had great affinity and passion for, I did give it up. I gave up oil painting for my health and for the health of the environment, as well as to find a practice that is more simple and eco-friendly. In place of oil painting, I first tried moving on to acrylic, but I did not find it as enjoyable.

What are the toxic aspects for a person and environment with oil painting and other methods? Highly toxic solvents mainly, and the plastic via containers and the paints themselves, like acrylic. While there are less toxic alternatives for solvents, none are totally safe. And while some supplies come in glass bottles, many others do not. Most artistic mediums have their issues. And there are ways to make them more sustainable and healthy, in most cases–with a little research and out of the box thinking.

Nowadays, watercolor, ink drawings, and digital photography are satisfying replacements for me.  I also have some fun renewing old objects I find, turning them into some form of art.

I still appreciate the works I did create with oil paints. And I had so much fun using lots and lots of linseed oil to get the sheen you see in this first piece.

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“Soul Flower (Houston),” oil on composite board by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Original and prints available.

 

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“Defiant Cry Against The Source Of Suffering” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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“Blue Kachina Comforts Him” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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Portrait by Chandra S Sherin, oil on board, 1998.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Two

Past Works, Part 2: Oil Paintings
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 23, 2018

Continuing from the last post, here is part two of the Retrospective series of art by Chandra S Sherin. These five oil paintings are from the 1999-2000 time-frame, when my initials were CSC, not CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

The last three paintings are all on the same canvas, shown chronologically.

“The Present Moment,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas. Original work owned by Viterbo University’s Art Department.

“The World Between Us,” by Chandra Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

“Layers” by Chandra S Sherin, featured in the 1998 publication of Viterbo University’s “Touchstone.” Oil on canvas.

“Layers 2,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

“Layers 3,” by Chandra S Sherin, 2000. Oil on canvas.


 

Retrospective: Past Works, Part One

Past Works, Part 1: Monotype Prints
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 22, 2018
updated March 30, 2018

Welcome to the Wild Clover blog! All posts on this site will have to do with the art, photography, and other creative works and features by Chandra S Sherin.

We begin with a retrospective series of past works by Chandra S Sherin.

Below: six monotype prints I created in 1998/99. These were all before I was married, and my initials back then were CSC, instead of the current CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

For an artist statement go here.

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“Time Between Us,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.


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“Survivor,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.


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Untitled, monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.


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“Plasticity,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.

“Plasticity 2” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.


 

Untitled monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Featured on Viterbo University’s “Touchstone” (La Crosse, WI)  cover that year. Original owned by Viterbo’s Art Department.