Material Witness

“Art is not a part of life, it is not an addition to life, it is the essence of those pieces of us that make us fulfilled. That give us hope. That give us dreams and provide the world a view very different than what it would have been without us.”

–  Hasan Davis

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.”   –  Julia Cameron

“I think artists can go to a level of vision that can often save us from a situation which seems to have no solution whatsoever.”   –  Susan Griffin


Material Witness

This is what I get

For attempting to reduce

The clutter in my life

This red plastic toolbox

Filled with long ignored

Pencils, charcoal, pastels

And other tricks of a trade

They were so foreign to


Something I ached for

Yet knew nothing about

Flashbacks to childhood

A half-sisters art supplies

Tossed aside at the demands

Of her fiancée

Now these things

Were in plain site

Demanding attention

To be dealt with

To be used

To skate across paper

Or canvas

All the negative decrees of a

Lifetime want to be heard

Demand their say

Yet something deeper

Wants more

Dare I open the box?

Dare I see what will happen?

Learning to play

With art or anything else

Is more difficult as we age

But if it is given the smallest chance

It will prevail

The evidence is all around





Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

10 thoughts on “Material Witness”

  1. Beautiful, beautiful!

    Open that box, please!! If I can open the box and I am opening it for the very first time, and its scary, then I sure you can! I have already seen a little hint of what you can produce, so dont leave the box closed any longer!




    1. Merci bien mon amie! Actually the last line tells you that the evidence is all around me. No, I don’t show it around but if someone comes by, it is hard to escape… 🙂

  2. oh please do open that box and start playing…it’s so much fun… we don’t need to win prizes with our art… often it’s just for us.. to get to know us a bit better and to understand the world a bit better… that’s why i write and paint.. just that..

    1. Oh dear! I didn’t say that well. I’m afraid anyone coming by this house would be faced with evidence everywhere! 🙂

  3. I opened the box LOLs..
    and I look at all the to figure out
    how to make the paper look like whats in my head…
    I am having fun though…!
    Great post… with a smile….
    Take Care ….You Matter…

    1. Actually, that box sat in the darkest corner of a closet for over a decade but then it started to whisper… there was no peace until it spilled open demanding some action! 🙂 Back when the box first took its rightful place, I wrote a short story about it.

      You matter, we all matter! 🙂 Lea

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