September 29, 2014: Rounding the Curve of the Year

It's raining today, and there's a breeze -- stiff at times -- that plays with the vine outside my window.  Fall is definitely here.

I've been working on "Mark" for 10 months now.  If the speed at which September disappeared is any indicator, the first anniversary of the project will be here before I know it.

I've taken a "full piece" photo this month to show how the stitching is spreading, particularly on the abdominal section to which I moved at the beginning of the month:

Mark on the Body - WIP, Sept. 29,2014 (C)

Taking a closer look, here's one hand:

and the other -- the one on which I'm working right now:

Here's the "blue sky" above one upper arm:

and working across the abdomen:

To live in this world
you must be able 
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Mary Oliver
Beacon Press, 2004