My Dear Readers,
I would like to share with you a fabulous story of friendship and beauty. Several months ago, Virginia Mateias, a Romanian-Canadian poet and journalist, sent me a poem she wrote for me. She entitled the poem, “When an angel becomes unhappy.” I was touched. I was in tears. I read and re-read the poem several times.
After a while Virginia wrote to tell me she sent the poem to a fantastic Japanese painter – Hikari – to make an illustration for it.
Soon after, while traveling in Europe, the art of Hikari came to me in an email. It was a time of gratitude, and a time to kneel in front of friendship and beauty. It was a time of silence.
Below please find Virginia’s poem for me. The featured image belongs to Hikari whom I’ve never met. I hope one day I will get to meet her and thank her personally for her beautiful art.
When an angel becomes unhappy by Virginia Mateias
On a long winter afternoon
The woman with a childlike laugh
When an angel becomes unhappy
tuberoses grow on earth.
Wrapped in loneliness
She suddenly conceded
Half of her sky
Of such a deep blue
With the strength of a rock and
With the delicacy of a tuberose stem
She analyzed the distance between
The soul of a child and the horizon line
The distance between the collapse and the rebirth
Cover yourself with the blanket, she said,
By night we will be drinking stars.
Virginia Mateias is the result of two cultures and draws her creative inspiration from her European roots and her North American perspective. Passionate about almost all art forms, she published two volumes of poetry: “The Persistence of Memory “and “In the Shadow of the Angel.” Her poetry has been called by literary critics “original and unique”. Her poems share the three fundamental values: truth, goodness and beauty. Virginia loves nature, travel and all the little things that give life beauty and meaning. She tweets at https://mobile.twitter.com/mateiasvirginia.
Hikari is an award winning Japanese painter. She lives in Tokyo, Japan. In 2022 she was recognized during the Grand Prize Exhibition of Platinum Art Association, and she exhibited with Jiyugaoka Gallery. Hikari’s art is inspired by the spirit of Japanese Nohgaku, one of the traditional styles of Japanese theater passed down from generation to generation for more than 650 years. In 2001 Nohgaku was proclaimed by UNESCO a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” [https://www.unesco.emb-japan.go.jp/htm/nogaku.htm]
About her passion for drawing and colors Hikari says that she “would like to convey a beautiful world in harmony with nature through the gradation of colors and the pattern of the costumes.” You can find Hikari at https://twitter.com/hikari2162554
An interview with the Nobel Prize Nominee Gaetano Camillo was just published in the Literary Revelations Journal. You can read it here: https://literaryrevelations.com/2022/11/07/interview-with-gaetano-camillo-nobel-prize-nominee/
Have a wonderful week everyone.
Gabriela Marie Milton
Pushcart Prize Nominee
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102 thoughts on “Poem by Viginia Mateias, Art by Hikari – #poem #art”
How lovely 💕
Thank you dearest Alethea.
You must have been swept off your feet with these lovely works!
I am Gwen. I really am. Thank you for the support. Enjoy the new week.
Thank you so much hon. Sending love.
No wonder you were moved, Gabriela. What a beautiful and touching honor. The poem and artwork are sublime. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous poet and wonderful artist with us. <3
Thank you so much for being here Diana. They are both fabulous and I am indeed moved and honored. Sending love. Have a beautiful and productive week hon.
Beautiful angel and lovely poem 🤗❤️🦋
Aren’t they? I am so glad you enjoyed both.
Yes, absolutely 😊
Holy shamoley ~ this is so touching and beautiful!
Thank you so much David. It is. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Lovely poem. Lovely art.
Thank you Mary.
Both the poem and the artwork are so remarkable! Congratulations, Gabriela!
Oh, thank you so much hon. They are so gorgeous. I am ecstatic 🙏🌹🌸🌺
It’s very heart touching and beautiful❤❤❤😍😍😍
Thank you so much 🙏🌺🌸❤️
Very moving! Virginia is so talented, and I appreciate you introducing me to Hikari! 💝
Tricia, thank you so much. Yes, both Virginia and Hikari are very talented.
Thank you so much, Tricia! That means a lot coming from you !
So very profound!
Thank you for sharing this. ✨
My pleasure. Thank you for reading and supporting us.
It’s my pleasure to read such lovely works. Keep up the same. 🙏❤
Thank you hon. Sending you lots of love.
To know you’ve touched and inspired people — what a priceless feeling. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!
Basilike, you put it best. It is priceless indeed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart hon. Sending lots of love
Many many hugs and smiles!
AMAZING. Congratulations is not even an appropriate word. Stay blessed, Gabriella.
THANK YOU. You too. May your life be filled with blessings and creativity.
Such carefully chosen thoughts then matched so intricately with the art work of the imagined angel. So honoured to see and read .
Thank you so much for your wonderful words. So honored you are here to support me and these talented women with hearts of gold. Their work is wonderful and heart-touching.
Nice. Very cool artwork.
Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Dear Gabriela, both the poem and the art work are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing these unique gifts, no wonder you were so touched when you received them.
Blanca, my dearest, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I was touched indeed.
I hope your day is going well. Sending you lots of love.
Thank you so much, Blanca! I’m glad you like it!
I loved the poem and the artwork,! I tried to visit your blog/website to read more of your work but I could not get anywhere using WordPress.
I love the poem and the painting in equal measure. I think more poems need to be rendered in painting form.
Thank you so much Liz. I think you are right 🙏🌹🌸
Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear that, Liz!
You’re welcome, Virginia!
How lovely, I can understand why you were in tears upon receiving this work of art.
Thank you. That’s so nice of you to say.
Very nice. Thank you for sharing.
My pleasure. Thank you for stopping by.
You are very graciously welcome.
What a beautiful poem paired with such delicate art. 💚💕
Thank you so much dearest Cassa. Beautiful indeed. I am glad you liked them 🌹🌹🌹
Thank you so much, Cassa! That’s very kind of you!
You are so welcome. Thank you for creating.
Everything about this post is wonderful. Apart from the image, you also created suspense in the whole story. You prepared us for this poem with your magical words. Thanks, Gabriela.
My dearest Eunice, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful words and your kind support. They mean a lot. Sending hugs 🤗🌺
You are always welcome.
How touching and such a beautiful poem of admiration and love from Virginia. Such a gift and the art also so striking and surreal. Thanks for sharing them with us❣️
I am glad you liked the post hon. It was my please to share it.
The art is lovely and the poem is so beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog. Hugs and kisses
My pleasure and thank you for your kind words 🌹🌸🌺
Oh Gabriela..I love this story..the painting and Virginia’s evocative, loving words!! All of this serendipity and collaboration and mutual creation, remind me why this community is so strong and so valuable for our fellow artists. Thank you for sharing this multi-media beautiful tribute.
Thank you for your beautiful comment and your support sweetheart. So good to hear from you. I am really loving it too.
Thank you 🌺
There are moments, of closeness, of words, of image, shared, which lift the human spirit – this one, three angels, giving…
Thank you so much Eric. “Angels.” How beautifully said.
I hope everything went well. Please let me know when you have time. No pressure.
I responded to Virginia but I must say it was an amazing treat and I was touched by both the questions and the candid answers. It was an amazing interview. BRAVO 🎉 🎊🎉
Thank you again hon. Sending lots of love.
Overwhelmed with the simplicity of the work!
Amazingly beautiful, both in verse and artwork. How lovely are dear friends. 🌹🌺🌻❤️
Thank you Jeff. Aren’t they great?
You’re welcome, Gabriela. They are both great, indeed. xoxo
So touching and beautiful! ❤️
Thank you so much 🙏🌸🌺
Beautiful artwork 👏
This is such a precious gift
Thank you so much dearest Smitha.