Good Morning Sunshine! Strange Holiness.

There is a strange holiness around________, But there his fish lay like a key, To the bright lost mystery.

Strange Holiness By Robert P. Twistram Coffin

There is a strange holiness around

Our common days on common ground.

I have heard it in the birds

whose voices reach above all words,

Going upward, bars on bars,

Until they sound as high as stars.

I have seen it in the snake,

A flowing jewel in the brake,

It has sparkled in my eyes

In luminous breath of fireflies.

I have come upon its track

Where trilliums curled their petals back.

I have seen it flash under

The towers of the midnight thunder.

Once, I met it face to face

In a fox pressed by the chase.

He came down the road on feet,

Quiet and fragile, light as heat.

He had a fish still wet and bright

In his slender jaws held tight.

His ears were conscious, whetted darts.

His eyes had small flames in their hearts.

The preciousness of life and breath

Glowed through him as he outran death.

Strangeness and secrecy and pride

Ran rippling down his golden hide.

His beauty was not meant for me,

with my dull eyes, so close to see.

Unconscious of me, rapt, alone,

He came, and stopped as still as stone.

His eyes went out as in a gust,

His beauty crumbled into dust.

There was but ruin there,

A haunted creature, stripped and bare.

Then he faded at one stroke

Like a dingy, melting smoke.

But there his fish lay like a key

To the bright, lost mystery.

Robert Peter Tristram Coffin

Robert Peter Twistram Coffin is a relative of mine.I know this because my mother was a genealogist for over 30 years. A lot of poets shake out of my family tree. No wonder I love poetry.

In my days as a care giver for Tootsie’s Girls I took care of a women named Rita who knew him when he was at Bowdion College, in Waterville, Maine. She worked there and she said he was not to smoke on campus, yet pipe in hand he did.

Robert Peter Tristram Coffin was born in March 18, 1892 and died January 20, 1955. I was born February 16th 1955. Robert PT Coffin was an American poet, educator, writer, editor and literary critic. He was warded the Pulitzer Price For Poerty in 1936. He was the Poetry editor for Yankee Magazine.

He was also a descendant of Twistram Coffin, a settler and Alice Mary Coombs who lived on a saltwater farm on Sebascodegan Island. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1913 and then his Masters of Arts from Princeton University in 1918. In 1922 Coffin was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature by Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1936. He also served in the US Army in World War I. When he came back from the war he taught English at Wells Preschool. After this he was as the Pierce Professor at Bowdoin college. He was the co-founder with Carroll Towle of the Writers’ Conference of the University of New Hampshire in 1956. It is an interesting read to check him out.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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