She applied pale and
colors in her paintings.
Sometimes they were
almost imperceptible,
and just shadows or echoes
of her subject. It had both
a ghostly and melancholy
effect. Her artistry spoke
in hints and shades of
times that have now been lost.

Join us at dVerse as De presents Quadrille Monday.  Come have some fun with one of our most popular forms.

Observations on Pottery

Photo by Gayle Walters Rose; All Rights Reserved

Photo by Gayle Walters Rose; All Rights Reserved

an inaudible hum
dull, slow, rings
around the rosy,
molded earth
beauty from the
inside emerges
to the out
eyes behold
whether a sigh
or a moan
roughened spots
amongst the smooth
fingers trace the
artist’s soul
shapes etched into
its surface, colors
applied in minute
brings it to life
like stars,
your face

Bjorn instructs us on Cubism at dVerse Poets.  Please join us for this interesting and informative prompt!


Satsuma lithophane tea cup
delicate, vintage, porcelain piece.
Geisha coyly gazes through bottom’s intaglio.
Textured, intricate moriage, painted gold, showcases
heavily embellished Japanese figures and
enhances their depth and dimension.
Carefully hand-painted to add affect–
with fragile features colorfully outlined,
wearing elaborate costumes,
depicting tales of historical lore
or ardent lovers’ interludes.
Landscape scenes and encircling dragons
add mythic charm to the surface,
an allure rich with detailed art and beauty.

Satsuma teacup and plate


Lithophane of Geisha

Photos:  Google Images

Satsuma is a Japanese style of pottery noted for its intricate designs using Japanese figures, landscape scenes and sometimes dragons.  The designs can also feature a form of decoration called moriage which is a term used to describe raised enamel often painted with gold.  I own a tea cup of this pottery (exactly like the one in the photo) which I received as a gift.  It is over 100 years old and has the beautiful texture of moriage for which it is so well known.  And to my delight has a lithophane as shown here of a Geisha in the bottom of the cup.

It’s Wonderful???Wednesday #2–Weird at Poets United:

After seeing the prompt, I couldn’t help but share this about my Satsuma teacup.  I only have the one cup and I don’t use it for tea drinking…it’s decorative only.  I too think it’s more wonderful than weird!

Housetop (Quilts of Gee’s Bend)

English: Women from Gee's Bend work on a quilt...

Image via Wikipedia

The view up here
shows us from where we’ve come.

Enslaved and used, not
the worth of a human being.
Recognition blurred–no one saw into our hearts.
Human!  We are human!
Like you–just like you…
Wanting the same safety, respect, love and care.

Tools of cloth and thread,
carefully, lovingly
stitched, tell a story.
Our story, our journey,
is spelled out clearly
in these designs of
our making, of bricks
and housetops, scraps
and bits of worn-out
leftover, nothing-going
to-waste garments.

Hand-sewn and quilted by
Ma Willie, Annie Mae,
the Pettways, Ella Mae
and so many others.
Women, strong women
speaking as loud as
their hands would allow.
A legacy of stripes,
triangles, hopsacking,
corduroy, knits, denim
and twill left for us to
admire and remember
the quilters of Gee’s Bend
and their message of hope
and perseverance. 

Strength and fortitude
carried us up here–now
we can see where we’ve
been and how far we’ve come.

Presented by Victoria C. Slotto, Fabric of Our Lives: dVerse Poets:


The sketches you’ve drawn

Through the years they’re found

In a now-old sketch book that’s still tightly bound

I’ve never tired of admiring  those pages

Your talent always envied by my appreciative eye

Art lessons you took maybe before I was born

Led to those drawings, drafts and outlines

There’s a brightly penciled hibiscus

Was it one outside in our yard?

And there are deepening-greened palm fronds

Sideways blown by a westward sea wind

Your ability with faces, so delicate and fine

Gave me feelings of enchantment, enjoyment and charm

There are two native women with skin of deep brown

Carrying baskets on their heads, coming back from the farm

With each sheet that I turned, my fascination grew

I found more that pleased me and increased the allure

I saw the way your aptitude flourished

With the flair of a line here and a contoured shade there

I saw something of you in each stroke laid to paper

Your soul, what you felt, a freedom with no limit

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