Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Sunday Challenge ~ Featuring Kenia Cris

While paying a visit to Kenia Cris over at Poesia Torta, I noticed that she described herself as a "Weekend Photographer".  Needless to say, it did not take me long to ask if I might feature her work on our Sunday Photography Challenge.
We are all very familiar with this dear member of Real Toads, and her sensitive way with words, but she assures me that she is a bit of a clown!  

Portrait of the Artist
This is what you will read "About Me", on Kenia's second blog, The Sky Clears:

EFL teacher. Edublogger. Crooked poet. Art enthusiast. Full time thinker. Weekend photographer. Cinephile. Indie music lover. Free spirit. Friendly soul.

Kenia Cris
          by Kenia Cris

When I'm a hermit
I'll finally become friends with silence
I'll learn how to cook
and sew
and work the soil
and recognize the sounds
of small creatures in the night.

When I'm a hermit
I'll abandon the world I know
and become one with
the mysterious unknown universe
above me
below me
around me
inside me.

When I'm a hermit
I'll lose sight of people
they'll lose sight of me
I'll write occasionally
to talk about
the sky
the wind
the stones
and how sometimes
I wonder what life would have been like

View the original post, in both Portuguese and English HERE.

Boredom ~ Kenia Cris

I started taking photos after hearing about Miksang Photography, which requires the photographer to stop, connect with the world and actually see everything around him. 

Latched Gate ~ Kenia Cris

I've never had calm eyes but I thought it was easier than haiku to start with - it wasn't, but after I started capturing the world my own peculiar way, it became a passion.

To Love Someone ~ Kenia Cris

Kenia has kindly made these images available for our poetic inspiration, and invites us to view her work on Flickr.  Her more abstract pieces can be seen on THIS page.  However, we ask that you do not select another image from that source without first asking permission of the artist.

No Song To Me In The Numb Hours ~ Kenia Cris

"I suppose understanding who I am is not a matter of intelligence but feeling..." Clarence Lispector

Clouds ~ Kenia Cris

If you have not read Kenia's RT Interview , I would recommend you get to know this accomplished and multi-talented poet better.

Please remember to acknowledge the name of the artist when you upload one of her pictures to your blog, and provide a link back to Real Toads.  

The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the creative process, so please do not link up old work which kind of fits the image.  Members will only respond to poetry written specifically for this prompt: this is in the spirit of our Real Toads project to create opportunities for poets to be newly inspired. 


Brian Miller said...

that is a really cool angel pic kenia...

Kenia Santos said...

Kerry, thanks for featuring my photos/collages. <3

Brian, I'm glad to hear you liked it. I find it the best collage I've ever created, still I love it when other people see something in it, too. :)

LORENZO said...

Love the hermit poem! A lot said in few words/lines. Recently wrote a "being a hermit" poem too. Guess many artists have this in them?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, Kenia! Your hermit poem really speaks to me. I live much like a hermit and, in fact, if I could have the life of my dreams, I would live in a one room cabin the true wilderness, with nothing man-made within 50 miles (at least, preferably more). I, too, have "become friends with silence".......I LOVE LOVE LOVE your poem. And your photos are spectacular!!!!!!! Love the little angel looking out the train window, bored. I love the way you "see" the world. You are very talented. I will be back with something sparked by your work. There is no way to look at it, without being inspired!!!!

Mary B. Mansfield said...

Wonderful pics! Easy to find some inspiration from these.

Anonymous said...

Almost overdosing on inspiration with those beautiful photos! Can't wait to see what the others have created!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I've been away today, but have been giving these images some thought. I will be back with a piece, though I have not yet selected my favourite favourite.

Unknown said...

The "No Song To Me In The Numb Hours"...totally sang for me! An
amazing photo!!

Scarlet said...

Me too...My post is up ~

Mary Ann Potter said...

Kenia, your work is absolutely beautiful! I especially love the photo of the forest - that chair and that paper hat are such unique accents - and hope you like my little offering today! 8-)

Fireblossom said...

I used the gate pic for inspiration.

Margaret said...

I am on a "blog break" now but I know I will be entering a piece possibly as late as next weekend... I was particularly inspired by the gate photo.

Kenia Santos said...

After reading intelligent, touching and melodic poems written for my photos and collages, I'm leaving my own here.

I needed to say I'm so happy some of the girls' poems speak my soul. :)


Susie Clevenger said...

Kenia, such wonderful poetry and beautiful photos. You are an amazing talent.

Herotomost said...

Hi Kenia....fantastic pics and great poem, the last line wreaking havoc with the thoughts I was having about the subject matter up until that point...guess that was the point. Thanks for sharing and I will be making it by to look at more of your far, I likey. I'm corey by the way.

Ella said...

Phew! I think I am close to catching up ;D
Thanks Kenia for the inspiration! :D

Unknown said...

keepin' it short & sweet ;-)

Anonymous said...

lovely inspiration here, Kenia... I chose the trees in fog pic for my contribution

Debi Swim said...

Hi Kenia, your poetry and photos are inspiring.

Jim said...

Hi Kenia ~~ I wrote today for the Garden Toads and used your picture, "Bored", for inspiration. God Bless, I've looked at some of your pictures, photos, and art. You are wonderful and should get a lot more use from your wonderful creative talent.

Jim said...

p.s. I've changed it to a little song from the original poem that I wrote. If you wish to look you could make recommendations about keeping it that way. Before, the 'refrain' was the fourth stanza.