Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hafiz & Kitchen Memories



















Slipping

On my shoes,

Boiling water,

Toasting bread,

Buttering the sky;

That should be enough contact

With God in one day

To make anyone

Crazy.

-Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Artwork - Gouache and pen, 2000. Inspired by a drawing exercise by Natalie Goldberg.
My childhood kitchen - a happy place. I remember sneaking in to steal bites of butter or brown sugar when no one was around. I remember dropping a giant, full jar of apple juice on the floor and my mom didn't get angry with me. I remember the sound of the screen door...the way it slammed shut as we went in and out. I remember the phone on the wall and when I could finally reach it and call my friend, Abby. I remember my mom grinding her own flour and making us pancakes, served with chokecherry syrup that she made with the berries that grew outside in the back yard. Sweet memories.

4 comments:

  1. simply rich! hafiz, your childhood memories, the artwork! simply rich! steven

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  2. What a lovely post. Beautiful artwork. I couldn't help but stop and think about how much I loved the kitchen I grew up in. Thank you.

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  3. happy painting. your love for your kitchen shows.

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