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Backyard Warrior

© Karin Taylor

Joined February 2008

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art, backyard warrior, drawing, gifts, girls, karin taylor, painting, self portrait

Self Portrait (age 7)

when i was about 7 i played a lot outside, in the backyard, wherever we were living or visiting….we used to visit my Grandma’s house in Sydney now and then, and a relative painted our torsos with gentian violet in pretty patterns, myself and my 2nd cousin Diana would have so much fun together in the garden, i really loved her…I am sad that i lost touch with her, but it’s a lovely memory i have, i’m working on a painting that just depicts me in front of grandma’s house covered in gentian violet paint patterns lol
if you aren’t sure what it is, gentian violet is a deep purple (almost black) ink-like antiseptic that had anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and you would have it painted on abrasions, or in my case eczma….we had bad eczma as babies (my sister and I) and were covered in this purple stuff which was brilliant, and helped a lot….but it doesn’t wash off… grows off ;)

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Backyard Warrior
by Karin Taylor
dress in paint of gentian
and sunshine
dappled on brown skin
the little backyard warrior
loses space and time
she enters in
to the world within
which nature does
when it is all there is
and children are left
to explore it’s
they are blessed
learning to cherish
the sounds and the softness
of the textures of each
tree and plant and
lovely lovely lovely ant
in a world of their own
which was given to everyone
they find the
solace and the freedom
of expression and
imagination and learn
to be at home with
themselves so that
should they ever meet
depression they have
the heart’s unlocking
key to manage that
persuasion and if a
child should ever fail
or fall or come unstuck
take them to the garden
and let them run amuck
there is something in
the garden that is
food for growing souls
something in the life
they meet that stimulates
sweet growth and in the
charming arms of
nature’s divine hold
the child there learns
to be at one with all
as it unfolds.

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