Not Mine

This light, this life   — ‘cascade’ poem by Jane Dougherty.
Blog:   Jane Dougherty Writes
Mixed media art by Jodi McKinney.
Nature photos by Nigel and Liz.

The words are from the original post at:  This light, this life


This light, this life

—  poem by Jane Dougherty


This light that shines is not for me to keep,

Nor is the rain that falls, the running stream,

I hear imprisoned voices in the night.


No bird is mine to pluck down from its flight,

I have no right to bend life to my scheme,

This light that shines is not for me to keep.


The wind that blows in from the ocean deep,

Blows free and wild not chained in fetters bright,

Nor is the rain that falls, the running stream.


All this I know, yet often in my sleep,

The wind, the stream, weave through my restless dream,

I hear imprisoned voices in the night.

Weaving through the River – 11×16 Mixed Media Art / by Jodi McKinney

Weaving through the River by Jodi McKinney

“This original mixed media art I created is being dedicated to World Water Day. It was done using ink-dyed tissue paper and drops of ink on Arches 140lb watercolor paper. I added torn pieces of some old sheet music for “Weary River” sealed down with gesso. I purposely tore the title words to form the word “Weaver.” It makes me think about how water and art and music weave through our lives and make an impact.”

Wherever you are and whatever you do today,
make a point to consider nature and water.

Jodi McKinney  |  Mars, PA (USA)
World Water Day post for March 22, 2018

Original post:   World Water Day – Weaving through the River

Jodi’s blog:   the creative life in between

Nature Photo Information

— all taken in the south of the South Island, New Zealand

  1. Sunrise at Papatowai, The Catlins, South Otago. Nigel
  2. Rainbow in a rain storm. Papatowai, The Catlins, South Otago. Nigel
  3. Nigel by the Waikaia River, Southland. Liz
  4. ‘Birds’ carpet at Dunedin Public Library. Liz
  5. Very windy day at Waipapa Point, Southland. Nigel

We lived at Papatowai for five years, those photos taken from our property.


These moon photos were taken by Nigel from our Papatowai property.


Posted by Liz, Exploring Colour (2019)
Poem words and mixed media art used with permission

22 thoughts on “Not Mine

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  1. What a stunning collaboration Liz, I read this poem on Jane’s blog the other day and was so moved by its fragility and accompanied by these pictures just highlights its message. Stunning visuals by Nigel and Jodi. You are becoming quite the curator my dear 👏👏🤗😘

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    1. Jane’s poem went straight to my heart.. felt compelled to find images. Finished the draft before receiving permission – very relieved when she said yes! Particularly pleased I’d taken the shot of the carpet with bird inlays – it worked well with the verse and was just a random detail that caught my eye in Dunedin Library early this year. We saw amazing skies when we lived at Papatowai – its deeply satisfying to use some of the best photos with Jane’s words!

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  2. Love the thoughtful words and the images work so well with them. Wish we could learn to take care of the environment rather than exploiting it. And please tell Nigel that I think that second moon photo is absolutely stunning! 🙂

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  3. Liz – this is so beautiful! I am blown away by every word and photo – and you made me remember this art and love it in a new way! Thank you for this beautiful GIFT today! ❤

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    1. ‘Weaving through the River’ is an amazing art work Jodi! and I think of it whenever I’m thinking of how precious pure freshwater is. The music notes remind me of the gurgling, babbling, happy streams I’ve seen when walking in our NZ high country. I’m ecstatic that this has made you love your beautiful art in a new way! But I also appreciate the warning – the weary river. Sadly, our NZ river systems, lakes, etc are under a lot of pressure from intensive grazing, forestry, and poor urban management of waste-water and sewage. Not good. Many thanks for letting me show this particular art again – twice now!

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