This is the third version of this poem which I wrote in response to the title assigned by the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project Volume 4.
You can see Outside Myself #1 at
The text paper is Arches Text Wove paper on which I played around with inks and acrylic modeling paste. The printed Japanese papers and marbled and paste papers are pasted on with rice paste. The text is written with a white pigment uni-ball Signo broad marker.
The colophon page is recycled daphne paper.
The cover paper is momi-gami.
Outside myself there is a bed and in that bed is me.
Outside my bed there is a room as cozy as can be.
Outside my room there is a tree with branches wild and free.
Upon one branch are six weird wrens all going hee! hee! hee!
Outside the tree there is a road that leads to here and there
To towns, fields, lakes and streams and just about everywhere.
Beside the road there is a house and in that house you hide
Please put your feet upon that road and come back to my side.
Elizabeth McKee © 2010