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IMG_20150402_140556-2The energy that dominated the past six months was, to describe it as kindly as possible, ‘unwieldy.’  Though unwieldy it was a force of its own, a force best navigated day by day, breath by breath.  I lost count of the number of times I told myself, ‘Just breathe,’ or repeated Neil Gaiman’s words, ‘Make good art.’

How many times did I return to the drawing board, so to speak, to ‘Let the Beauty I love be what I do’?  That is, I suppose, the heart of any beauty regimen I may have.

So, I was quite surprised yesterday as I prepared my “face to meet the faces that you meet” to receive poetic insight about eye shadow: ‘That eye shadow really opens up your eyes.’

The nuances quickly formed a haiku.


Barbara Butler McCoy, c. 2015