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Bottom of a Waterway Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Excited to have back again the wonderful word-smither Christy Birmingham to Spaces to Create!


Christy Birmingham and Jolie Buchanan

Bottom of the Waterway by Jolie Buchanan collab with Christy Birmingham

My mind goes to the river,
Only seconds before my toes follow, and
My thoughts rush over debris that sits at the
Bottom of a waterway full of tears.

My flesh is eaten by the liquid smoothness of
A river and of a light, with a newfound joy that
Resonates within my bones.

As I reach forward with my hands, I scoop up
The weeds that peak through the water,
The softness of my palms meeting them for
A thoughtful exchange of what to enjoy tomorrow.

Indeed, there is more to be had.

And, in turn, through our meeting of
Weeds, water and whimsy,
I tell myself that it is okay to start at the bottom

©2014 Christy Birmingham

Cheers To Creating!


Christy Birmingham is a poet, author and freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. Her debut poetry collection Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions. If you haven’t been by her blog Poetic Parfait, yet, check it out. You can also find Christy on Twitter

Jolie Buchanan is a mixed media artist and student; Connect with her on the Jolie B Studios facebook page, twitter, or Google +.


7 responses

  1. It looks wonderful here – look at that spectacular piece of art! Thanks for putting the collaboration here and for the motivation your artwork continues to provide me, Jolie!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Poetic Parfait and commented:
    It was great to collaborate again with awesome artist Jolie Buchanan! In this collaboration, which we title “Bottom of a Waterway,” Jolie’s artwork pairs with my poem below it. I wanted to reblog it here so you could all see it too! I hope you enjoy the project; we had a lot of fun creating it!

    Sending smiles for your new week ahead!
    Love Christy

    Liked by 1 person

    March 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

  3. Beautiful collaboration Jolie and Christy!
    The artwork and the poem are both exquisitely sublime in their depth of emotion.

    Liked by 2 people

    March 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  4. Beautiful poem By Christy… I loved the imaginery related to water and recreation… Jolie´s blue painting is sublime and captivating
    let it all hang out = let it flow… “it is okay to start at the bottom/ Again”.

    Congratulations on the duo. Aquileana 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    March 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Syl65's Blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  6. What moving words and beautiful art. You two are pure genius!


    April 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  7. Pingback: Mixing it up: Poetry by Christy Birmingham and Shawn M. Soles | Poetic Parfait

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