Margaret Mair and Alisa Bliss


Inspiration piece:



worn and scarred

gracing strings

with fingers curling, stretching.

Painting melodies with tongue and teeth.

Lashes close

forehead tips

The worry-worn soul bows its head

and praise flows forth.


Response piece:


Singing Praise


  1. Posted September 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm | #

    wonderful Margaret and Alisa, the first thing that drew my eye in the painting were her fingers! Love them both. x

  2. Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | #

    How funny – Angel saw a woman and I saw a man (in both pieces). This was a match made in heaven – it would be difficult, if we hadn’t been told, to work out which of these two wonderful pieces was the inspiration and which the response. Thank you both!

  3. Posted September 11, 2010 at 12:30 am | #

    What’s interesting, Val, is that I first thought of a man; then, with all the memories/ideas the poem evoked, a woman. As I told Alisa, one of the memories her poem brought to mind was of a gospel singer we saw in the Bahamas, at a concert she had been coaxed from retirement to perform at. She had such grace, power and dignity that she has stayed in my mind ever since, and it was her qualities I was thinking of.

  4. Posted September 11, 2010 at 6:35 am | #

    Wow, this is so powerful!