50 books in a year of being 50

In this year of being 50 I have decided to follow one of my creative passions
and make 50 handmade books over the year.

Early next year I will find a way to exhibit the books and auction them.

The money raised will go to Plum Village in France,
a monastic retreat centre inaugurated by Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Book number 26, Snowdrops

Current bid for this book stands at £20
Snowdrops is a simple 10-page book which has my lovely friend Clare's snowdrop print on the front and my poem inside, hand printed.
The book measures 19 x 19cm.

 Here is the front cover of the book with the lovely print.

 This picture shows one of the inside pages and the printing.

Here is the poem - 

Fragile, tender tendrils of green
peeping out of the earth.
Small, almost insignificant 
bulbs of white
barely supported
by slender green stalks.
Yet these tiny white flowers
make a huge announcement,
a proclamation
that Spring is on its way.

The cycle of nature is turning,
the time of hibernation,
of huddling by a warm fire
reluctant to go out
will soon be over.

Delicate drops of white
scattered among decaying leaves
and brown earth,
defying frost and snow
and all the weight of weather
nature has to outpour,
herald a time
of warmth,
longer days,
And make my heart sing.

© 9/2/13

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