Poems to roots

Rooted hope/ Rotat hopp, Mare Hilstra, Easter exhibition, Loshult, Fyra Vindar 2021

Rooted hope is a collaborative exhibition between ceramist Marie Karlsson and visual poet Mare Hilstra. Both of the artists are inspired by Paleolithic shapes and lines which still have relevance today.

 

Empowered and inspired by these ancient shapes they made their homage works listening to soil, fire, water, paper, pigments, circles and lines.

 

For each of my artworks I wrote a poem. 

 

 

I  

 

Know the need of trust

move, wave, sway

only listening

 

Every story begins this way

 

Raven, poem / Korp, dikt

 

 

 

II 

 

Roots 

covered up in winter

with a blanket

of falling leafs 

 

whispering

growth is a circle too

 

Cherry tree leaf / Körsbärsträdets blad

 

 

 

III 

 

Old notebook note:

 

greet the blue

underneath your feet

 

deep in the rocks 

of the tops of the mountain

 

Mountain, line / Berg, linje

 

 

IV 

 

A line of hope

lies in a hand

 

Follow close. Even closer

until space embraces you.

 

Blue, path / Blå, våg

 

 

 

V

 

All leafs become blue

in dusk

 

Blue leaf / Blå blad

 

 

VI

 

There is a blue bird

the jay bird

with blue of a summer day sky

 

planting acorns 

stored for winter

but forgot

 

until the acorn grew a lot

and one day

an oak swings branches high up

and the jay bird sings

in the tree which grew from you

 

Thank you

Thank you joy

thank you jay

 

thanks to you all

a light song sings

and blue falls down on the inside of my skin

 

Blue, jay bird feather / Blå jay fjäder

 

 

 

VII

 

Sometimes the sun

lights up the crack

 

between

earth

and space

 

Blue, yellow line / Blå, gul linje

 

 

 

VIII

 

Blue is falling down on the inside of my skin.

 

Blue I, II, III, IV / Blå I, II , III, IV

 

 

 

IX

 

Finding a light 

a truth in blue

 

in the end all lines

are truly circles

 

White in blue / Vit i blå

 

 

X

 

At some point green appears

if you visit earth from space.

 

Green in blue / Grön i blå

 

 

XI

 

The embrace of all homes 

are the big arms of space

 

Home in blue / Hemma i blå

 

 

 

XII

 

Blue is wide

Blue is precise 

 

One for dark

One for light

One for here and now

 

Sometimes one is big

and one is small

 

sometimes three are one

sometimes they are all

 

Three blue lines / tre blå linjer

 

 

XIII

 

A deepening is happening

deep within me

 

ending an and

beginning a beginning

 

Take my hand says an old old stone

take a seat and see

see how slow

crocuses grow

 

even though fear is real

so is growth

 

Space is here / rhymed är här

 

 

XIV

 

Home in the unknown

follow a line of truth

in the chaos of life

 

Home in black / Hemma i svart

 

 

XV

 

Truly learning to root

is also learning to fly

 

Fly and root / Flyga och rota

 

 

XVI

 

Down into the ground

is a hidden light

says dusk while the day breaks 

in two

and one

 

Red arrow / Röd pil

 

 

 

XVII

 

Finding heaven in the rain

Finding heaven in the soil

Finding heaven in the clay

Finding heaven deep below

 

Sunlight shines lines find

cracks and holes

to paint the cave with light

 

Hand and feather / Hand och fjäder

 

 

 

 

XVIII

 

I want to say today

how I flew away

so far away

 

You keep reminding me

a different way

 

Today I say

deep deep root

Thank you

 

Step by step

foot by foot

 

Way home / Väg hem

 

XIX

 

Patience in weaving

Patience in believing

 

Patience in feeling

Patience in healing

 

Patience in red

Patience in blue

 

Patience in me

Patience in you

 

Patience / Tålamod

 

 

XX

 

Late winter dreams 

longing of colors

of spring. She wakes up -

thinks 

today I belong to pink

 

Pink / Rosa

XXI

 

Sheltered by skin

sheltered by light

and light blue

 

A red flows

to live with

a red to live in too

 

Home in red / hemma i röd