Meanderings 4… re-LAX

November 5, 2017

“wa-ter-writes-sun-lights-writes-wa-ter-writes-sun-light-writes-sun-light-sun-light-writes-on-the-wa-ter-wa-ter-wat-er-writes-in-the-light” poem by Robert Lax, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Water writes, sunlight writes notecard

 

 

i_see_you

ICHTHYS: “i see you not but i love you i love” words from Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

ICHYHYS Notecard

Wait… wait… wait… act…

September 14, 2016

wait

“wait * wait * wait * act * wait * — * the * rhythm * of * things * — * make * it * a * song * & * it * will * be * come * one * — * lis * ten * lov * ing * ly * to * the * mu * sic * slow * ly * joy * ous * ly * join * the * dance” inspired by the words of Robert Lax, dancing being designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“wait wait wait act” Notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard

one word at at time

July 6, 2016

One-word_at_a_time

“one word at a time. i believe i believe that all the people should stop their fight i believe that one should blow a whistle or sing or play on the lute” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“one word at at time” Notecard

This drawing below comes from 2014, when a neighbor asked me to draw a picture for her granddaughters to celebrate Purim, the annual feast in memory of their deliverance from when Haman commenced his campaign against the Jews. Esther remains a role model for someone who used only logic/rhetoric to convince her husband, the king, to save her people. Esther speaks not only to women but to marginalized oppressed groups caught in an intersectional exile.

Esther

Esther drawn for Ruth by Meredith Eliassen in 2014. When I look into her eyes, I see my mother.

 

IDENTITY

IDENTITY. “our identity is bound with our memories: wash away memory and identity disappears… only to reappear with our next action.” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

IDENTITY Notecard

For the Birds…

January 27, 2016

everyword_2

“eve ry word a choice eve ry act a pray er eve ry act a choice eve ry word a prayer” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“every word” Notecard

LAXturning

“Turn ing the jun gle in to a gar den with out des troy ing a sin gle flow er” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax, edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“Turning the jungle” Notecard

Lax from Last Year

January 8, 2016

Last year my friend Steve re-introduced me to the work of Robert Lax after a couple of decades, and WOW! Age and perspective have shifted my interpretation and appreciation of his words on a page. What I enjoy about Lax’s work and words is that they allow the viewer and reader to be in a moment. Here is a stream of consciousness image that came to me last year, it was posted in another spot, but I think at some point I will add a LAX gallery to my site.

LAX2

“never a root without a tree * never a tree without a bird * never a bird without a song * never a song without a sky ** never a sky without a song * never a song without a bird * never a bird without a tree * never a tree without a root ** never a root without a tree” ** words by robert lax ** new poems ** 1962 ** design by meredith eliassen ** 2015          “never a root without a tree” notecard

 

New Year By the Sea

January 4, 2016

First design with another Robert Lax poem (expect more to come) in the new year, after a period of quiet solitude.

LAX seascape

“I went to sit quietly by the sea. To think, to wonder about my friends. What I knew of them & and all I needed to know at least in those first moments was that they were or had become part of me they were part of my life as I looked out over the sea it was as though they were with me watching as though they had com to help me as I searched for what? for whom? they had come to help me as I searched for them” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“I went to sit quietly by the sea” notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard

Thanks for bringing poet Robert Lax (1915-2000) back into my consciousness. If the nautilus shell symbolizes growth from a center, then this thought from Lax’s Circus of the Sun (1960) gently reminds of the continued need to return our core at different life stages.

Lax

Sometimes we go on a search and do not know what we are looking for, until we come again to our beginning

I get it now, I didn’t in my twenties… Nautilus Notecard