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Archive for January 8th, 2003

L. Ruelaine Stokes – Photographer, Poet

Wednesday, January 8th, 2003

Photo of LynnH, Copyright by Lynne Ruelaine Stokes, 2003My friend Ruelaine sent me an envelope in the mail, out of the blue. It contained some photos she took of me somewhere between perhaps 1999 and 2001. OK, so my hair and glasses are different these days, but it’s me.

I have such respect for Ruelaine. Not only is she a fabulous photographer but she is a wonderful poet. Listening to her recite poetry, you can’t do anything else but just drown in her words. When she reads, her whole body is involved, as well as her mind and soul. I wish I had some of her poetry to share with you.

When it comes to springtime I may have to get on my knees and beg for a copy of her poem that speaks of spring, as well as a sort of springlike change in life. “…It was a hard time, Lord, but it’s over…”

Some day I’ll have the full text of this piece on paper, to memorize it. I cry when I hear her recite this piece. I love the poem not only because of the images and feelings it contains. I cry because I, too, have had a hard time, and it’s over.

Along with the photos, Ruelaine sent along a page with some wonderful words written by children near Detroit, Michigan, just after 9/11/01. I’ll share one with you.

If You are Lucky in this Life
A window will appear between two armies on a battlefield. Instead of seeing their enemies in the window, they see themselves as children. They stop fighting and go home and sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.

–Cameron C. Penny

Ruelaine, thanks for the two gifts!