"This is something I wrote and published on my own blog. It's one of my favorite stories. If you'd ever wish for "recycled" material (from FreshGreenKim, naturally!) I'd be happy to share this little tale. " ~ Kim
Dancing with the Clouds
By ~ FreshGreen Kim Urig
She wore ruby red glittery Mary Janes. My children had similar shoes in their dress up box and I always smiled when they wanted to wear them in public. Perhaps they fancied themselves a modern day Dorothy, swept away by the tornado of activities, but with an assured way to still return home.
Magic shoes have always captivated me. I know when she put them on her feet, she was charmed, too. I would have snapped a surreptitious photo if cameras had been allowed, but we were at the Warhol museum and photography is prohibited. The irony was not lost on me. A museum devoted to a man who never met a photo opportunity he didn’t like, didn’t allow photography. I was tempted to sneak a photo, but security cameras were recording our every move. Big brother watched more carefully than I did. I wonder if the not so hidden cameras saw the red sparkling shoes.
Magic shoes in Warhol’s magic cloud room, a room filled with silver Mylar pillow balloons, migrating slowly around the room propelled by fans. The art is interactive and kinetic, with clouds floating gently around the room; brushing the people, moving away, and drifting near again.
It was enchanting and starkly juxtaposed with the macabre exhibits on the same floor of the gallery. Prior to discovering the Clouds, we saw suicide photos, grisly car accidents, skulls of many pop art colors.
Andy Warhol is one of my favorite artists because he looked at everyday things in ways nobody ever had before. He saw art in soup labels and newspaper headlines. It was art because he said it was art, not because it had ever been even noticed prior. He boxed the contents of what appeared to be the equivalent of a junk drawer and called it a time capsule. The museum encased his unused Christmas cards, pens and business correspondence in a display and we looked. We nodded our heads, knowingly, and looked a bit more. The voyeur was thrilled to glimpse, and even gaze. He made people look twice.
Because I couldn’t take a photo, I looked twice at the little girl in the ruby red slippers. My eyes followed from her feet to her head, filled with ringlets and bright eyes and a giggle that echoed as the clouds drifted around her. The children in the cloud room were simply grateful to play and have a respite from the galleries. The clouds floated by shining and reflecting her glittery shoes.
Children swinging their arms, batting the clouds like makeshift volleyballs, the clouds were indifferent to the glee and continued their steady calm drift. The children danced with joy. The ruby red slippers sparkled against the shiny silver chrome of the little girl’s wheelchair.
Her mother wheeled her back out and I knew, her shoes were indeed magic. For a moment in time, she danced in the clouds.
(c) 2009 ~ Author Kim Urig
Enchanting is as enchanting does. Kim's writing, thoughts, feelings have that power of good magic, spiritual depth ~
As Kim says ~ "I am an artist and my medium is letters. I like to arrange them into words and use the words to paint my vision of the world. I guess my writing if we had to capsulize what I write... like my life, is an expression of how to live in harmony with ourselves, our planet and our creator."
The turns Kim's life have taken (in a tale at Michael Solender's NOT) stretch her reach ~ in writing and promoting worthy people, causes, concerns. In short and in full, she makes a difference:
KIM: The whole promo thing is really just energizing good karma, I couldn't "not" share the lovely people I see out there. Like you, I believe that's my gift. I am able to see talent in people and I feel it is my duty to tell everyone.
Humility seems Kim's surge: "I suppose I'm a fringe member of this talented group of artists. I know who all you are, but I'm not much of a flash writer, so it's more as an observer and cheerleader. Fiction takes a lot more time than I have these days .... (I have a lot of side writing jobs that require my immediate attention and since they PAY, I must go there first.... sigh, to be PURE artist, instead of 99/100th.....:) (which is why I"m up at this unearthly hour, but the moon...... is nearly as incredible as the sun was setting..... AH Spring!)"
KIM: When I was trying to figure out how to best market my work and what I love to write about, the green was a "gimme", something I am passionate about in life, so I focused my blog into "Our Daily Green". The plan all comes together. I've written a lot of stuff, in a very scattershot approach. When I would read green articles and see the horrific political posturing that swirled around them, I felt "gosh if only everyone could just talk to each other instead of calling each other names"... that was the impetus for the "Lifted on Eagle's Wings" mission.
I look forward to sitting and sipping a cup of tea, wine, or even water... anything would be refreshing. You're the wind in the sails of all these writers. I love what you do and am thrilled to have something I can share AT THE BIJOU! I always wanted to see my name in lights!
Thank you again, Kim
Thank YOU Kim, for the facets of the share
of your fresh spirit here, AT THE BIJOU.
~ Absolutely*Kate and our fine staff of renown