Animals, Art, Life

Do butterfly like distractions haunt your mind?

“Distractions softly hover in the corners of my mind, 
like a butterfly haunts a flower.” ~M

Butterfly's
Butterfly drawings and paintings previously completed using a variety of mixed media including: colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, crayons, ink and pens. Each piece was completed separately and measure 3 1/2 x 5 inches. They were then scanned and assembled into the collage above with no color editing, only adding a border design line.  Original art work completed in 2012, copyright Mark Schutter.

 Life: is infinite in its variety and intricacies, if we would only take the time to look.

Beauty: a splendor in so many things that exist right before us, with no effort on your part.

Pause: we often fail to slow down enough to see, easily distracted by so many things.

I wish you moments when the distractions fade and beauty crashes in, causing you to stop and pause long enough that it simply takes your breath away. Happy Spring!

Photograph, Poetry

Waiting for Spring

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Patiently we wait through the cold.
Some days better than others.
The snows a blanket of white.
Waiting through the rain delays.
A longing lingers in our minds.
To see the perfect green grass,
under a bright sky of forever blue.
A small white sphere stitched in red,
captures our attention and respect.
As we wait for spring training,
and a loud voice that shouts
“Play ball!”

~Mark Schutter ©2015

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Writing

5 Reasons I like the Super Bowl!

SeahawksWith less than 24 hours before kickoff to Super Bowl #49 (yea, I didn’t do the Roman numerals thing cause it was too much trouble to figure it out and I am too lazy to look it up), I give you my top 5 reasons to like the Super Bowl from least important to most important.  So, to not keep you waiting and guessing, here we go!

  1. The Seahawks are playing in back to back Super Bowl’s, and yes I live in Washington so you know who I am rooting for. Go Hawks!
  2. Football is an okay sport, and watching with a group of friends is fun especially if a team you like is playing. Go Hawks!
  3. The Super Bowl means football season is almost over and too much of a good thing is not necessarily a good thing. Go Hawks!
  4. The end of football season means spring is just around the corner and … well I think you probably know what that means, warmer weather! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!
  5. Yep, that’s right!  #1 reason I like the Super Bowl is that Spring Training and finally after a long winter, Baseball season is almost here!!! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!

IMG_20140528_190408[1]“Play Ball!”

Life, Poetry

Autumn

the autumn chill speaks of a coming death

arise and awake

time to harvest and hope for needed change

arise and awake

across the aging lands hope springs a renewal

arise and awake

feelings of melancholy as we wait for a rebirth

arise and awake

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Life is found...#2

 

(Poem 5 of 31 for #OctPoWriMo, written using the prompt words in bold. Hope lives! ~M)

 

Art, Photograph, Poetry

Summers Last Gasp

October Colorsummers last gasp
a shot fired into the gray
as autumn covers the land
and the seasons change
blooming in the midst
a flower of singular beauty
struggles against the cold
shining forth its glory
yellow shafts of sunlight
send echos into the night
for tho winter approaches
spring is never far away

~Mark ©2013

Adventure, Art, God, Poetry, Writing

The Fires of Spring

art transcends through seasons of change

for your eyes, heart and soul

the fires of spring

the drums of summer

the death of fall

the stars of winter

shining a light into the dark

of humanities heart

under a dark sky of forgotten lullaby’s

art captures hearts unaware

for our eyes, heart and soul

fires warm the coldest places

drums beat a cadence of love

death brings new beginnings

stars silently pierce the night

always shining a light into the dark

art is the beckoning beauty

a shot of hope into the black

a small spark of light

a promise of grace and mercy

a voice that speaks of love

sustaining hearts with visions

art for your eyes, heart and soul in

the fires of spring

the drums of summer

the death of fall

the stars of winter

may art always shine a light into the dark

Mark Schutter ©2013

The poetry above was written for #FWF Free Write Friday: Pick a Title from the title prompts posted at Kellie Elmore’s official site. Free Writing is using what is called stream of consciousness writing, no editing, no proofing just writing! Click on the Free Write Friday Image for more information. Post your submission with a comment and link to your blog on Kellie’s blog, post on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ or anywhere with the hashtag #FWF,  and join the fun!