collective joy in graffiti alley
ann arbor, mi – summer 2018
“the urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors,
to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers is not easy to suppress.”
-Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
and michigan takes the win in the final second.
moving on to the sweet sixteen.
the tears and the joy flow freely.
‘tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.’
image credits: mlive.com – mike mulholland
one of the sweetest cards ever –
created by one of my kinders
who “read” it aloud to me:
“I really, really, really hope that your foot feels better very, very soon.”
(complete with a picture of me with one foot in the giant boot. )
“if you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”
as the snowfall arrives
there is a soft quiet
a world of white outside
the cottage is filled with color
the center of the snow globe
i’m clearly drawn to whimsical animal art
that is the wing of a peacock kite you see in the upper left corner.
“laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
discovering hula hoops and joy in the middle of the street.
“there is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.”
he was a ‘well-seasoned’ magic man
who came in
to entertain the youngest children
while he wasn’t smooth
his jokes and tricks and props and velvet
had been around a long time
the children loved every trick
opened their eyes wide with wonder
as doves and bunnies and coins and cards and wands and scarves
appeared and disappeared
in all kinds of unexpected places
volunteered to help him
squealed and giggled and clapped with pure delight
until they lost their breath with laughter
he was a showstopper of the highest order
who had found the perfect audience.
“it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. “
-antoine de saint-exupery
i love her final gesture
and it made me give pause –
if i were to go today
i would leave behind the following things for others to enjoy:
$7.oo, a sock monkey, photographs, glitter, collage projects, letters and books.
i hope there is no fighting over the monkey.
“laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”
credits: getty images, mental floss