Poetic Mapping: Walking into Art is about walking, physically and metaphysically.  Both have a common purpose, to boldly go to use that most famous of split infinitives, to breach new horizons and then map out the new terrain – in word and image.

It’s important – to be conscious of where I’m placing my feet.  To know where I’m going and have been.

Especially when bulldozed into taking a walk in a direction I’d have run a mile from if I’d have seen the bulldozer coming. I’m thinking of the valley of death, through which I’ve walked too often in the case of loved ones.  These walks are also reminders of that final walk I’ll make through that valley, towards that most mysterious of all horizons.

Re-tracing my footprints through a vale of tears, at the right time, has made me that bit more resilient and paradoxically, able to experience more joy in the now, in the knowledge that well, it’s all I have. I don’t have yesterday, and, as the saying goes, tomorrow may never come.

I also look at the maps made by the footprints of those I consider Great in my lifeAnd try to emulate them.  And if I ask myself who in my  life right now I admire for the way they walk the world, I see they are invariably following, even when this is unconscious, in the steps of the Mega-Greats. In a study of the lives of the Mega-Greats – the maps of where they walked –  I see the common denominator of Goodness. Sad it is that this is consistently overlooked  in the cause of sectarianism.  But that’s human nature for you.

So I want to be good.  Even with my Trekkin’ Garmin, I lose my way daily.  My blog entries are proof of this!  I’ve re-written this page so I can come back to it and remind myself, and make sure I know what my feet are getting up to.

One night I had a dream–
I dreamed I was walking along the beach …
and across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints, …
When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life.
This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it….
“I don’t understand why in times when I needed you most,
you should leave me.”
The Lord replied, …
during your times of trial and suffering.
“When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson

English: Birds' footprints Several birds have ...

English: Birds’ footprints Several birds have walked along here and left their footprints in the mud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interpret Lord  how you like in the above poem.


29 Responses to About

  1. What a fascinating site
    John Bainbridge

    • annisik51 says:

      Hello John
      Thanks for your comment! I’ve been following your blog for a little while. I should post a comment, instead of lurking.
      The quality of your writing is humbling. And I WILL join the Ramblers soon I promise. Just come back to the UK after many years living abroad.

      Kind regards


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    • annisik51 says:

      Hello and thank you for your comment. If you check out my latest blog you’ll see I’ve mentioned you. I look forward to the time when I can visit with your blog in greater depth. Ann

  3. N Filbert says:

    happy to discover your blog and looking forward to more time here – we appreciate reading and viewing your work!


    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks for your appreciation! My late reply is due to a painful attack of Writer’s Block! I like your blog too and will be following you about in future. Ann

  4. ahmrita natural mental health says:

    Wonderful site! – and thank you so much for popping by on my blog. Lokking forward to your Deepak book review, I must admitt it is one of his books I have not read :)

    • annisik51 says:

      I think it’s funny that a book in which the vocabulary embraces words such as ‘neuropeptides’ can bring tears of wonder to my eyes and my jaw to drop! Ann

      • ahmrita natural mental health says:

        lol, but you are right, Deepak Chopra has a way of writing which resonates

      • annisik51 says:

        And more than that for me. As a visual artist I’ve always had a problem with the representation of ‘space’ and now I know that the reason was that I didn’t understand what space really is, which Deepak’s explains, in Quantum Healing. I have a bunch of paintings sitting unfinished which I can now resolve. It will be interesting to see how I can represent space as ‘intelligence’! Ann

      • ahmrita natural mental health says:

        I would love to see your work – do you ever put it up on your blog?

      • annisik51 says:

        There’s artwork at various points on my blog – try searching for Books of the Dead, for instance. And also my web site: http://www.annisikarts.com and also on You Tube. Thanks for asking!

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    Hi thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking the post “Deepak Chopra Quote” and the follow. I am enjoying your blog as well. Have a wonderful day. Betty

  6. AnElephantCant deny it
    He visits your blog and never gets bored
    He likes what you show him
    Just loves the above poem
    Especially that everyone can create their own Lord

  7. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

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    • annisik51 says:

      Hello Tony, thanks for your invitation, which I rescued from my spam folder! I’m happy to follow you. I won’t agree with everything you write. And I hope you will also make fun from time to time of your own ‘sacred cows’. :)


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    I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for signing up to follow my blog! Have a great day! – B

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  12. Hi – Thanks for following my blog, am enjoying reading yours, many wonderful people out there in bloggerland.

    • AnnIsikArts says:

      I found you via Don Charisma’s blog. I was interested in your pre-cognitive dream stories. I have this sort of dream too. Recently, also, I have had dreams about a new friend which turned out to be past events in her life and environment. The dreams were very specific and so it wasn’t about ‘reading into’ them to find links. It raises interesting questions about the nature of the mind and space and time. I’m somewhat skeptical about tarot, crystals, astrology, but have an open mind. :)

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