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Emily Carr: Haida Totems

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Emily Carr: Haida Totems

You must be absolutely honest and true in the depicting of a totem, for meaning is
 attached to every line. 

                                                                                                Emily Carr

When oil met wood the totem sighed,
Then her lush brush wed land to sky,
Canvas pulsed with nature’s heart,
Spirit bonding man, love and art.
Emily made the forest fly.

Cedar carved from a warrior’s cry,
So tall and proud, tales held up high, 
While she transposed that story’s start.
            …When oil met wood

Colours mixed by a truthful eye,
Life’s wisdom in her palette lies,
Those clouds wrenched our still view apart.
Her small grave plaque, we should dispart,
A stained easel should death’s door pry! 
            …When oil met wood

By Cyndi MacMillan, written Aug 10, 2011

Emily Carr is buried at the Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria. She is considered a
 Canadian icon and is a member of the Group of Seven, yet her grave consists of 
a simple plaque. The grave would have been left unmarked, except for the ‘foresight’
 of the Victoria Historical Society of 1963. Emily gets so many visitors that the ground
 where she is interred is frequently covered by sketches and flowers, and – because
 Emily was also an avid, skilled writer- pens and poems. 
She is most recognized for her paintings of totems.

*for Francine Roberts "Totems in the Darkening Sky" Contest

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  1. Date: 8/23/2011 1:29:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Francine Roberts' "Totems in the Darkening Sky" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/21/2011 8:29:00 PM
    I can see why this was chosen for the number one spot!! Wonderful poem, Cyndi!! And such interesting history, and postscript ! Well done....and many many thanks for your kind praise on mine !! I care not as much about a placement, but it is nice to know someone likes any poem I I am happy with that! :) Thanks again!

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 5:05:00 PM
    Excellent write. Congratulations on your well deserved winning.

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 4:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win! Great job! Caryl Ramsdale

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 10:03:00 AM
    A wonderful and informative piece..congrats on your big win. BG

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 8:52:00 AM
    Cyndi, I looked up these totems through a Canadian museum website. Such beauty and depth of meaning. Large bear eating frog with a bear cub between its adorable. Again, this is an amazing write. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 8:42:00 AM
    wonderful knowledge to impart Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 8:12:00 AM
    really deserving....a big WOW!!!! for this very amazing write~~~smile for the win~~~very well-said,done and penned with a very artistic skill~~~*-*junjun

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 3:35:00 AM
    hey Cyndi, congrats for very well deserved 1st place, very poignant, David

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 12:09:00 AM
    Well done Cyndi. Congratulations on your first place win.

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 11:45:00 PM
    Congrats Cyndi on your first place win in Francine's Totem contest with this grand write luv..

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 11:42:00 PM
    Great poem cyndi and very informative about Emily Carr. congratualtions on your work and win. Love, Joyce.

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 10:28:00 PM
    This is elegant and respectful of a very special artist. Perhaps I shall look her up and view her work. Thanks Cyndi. Congrats on making it to the highest mark! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 10:13:00 PM
    congrats on your first place win Cyndi, well done, So nice to see a little research done, beautifully written

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 9:59:00 PM
    Cyndi, Congrats on first place win with this very informative write. Enjoyed so much, thanks for sharing your wonderful work. Love Glenna