Title: “Alone, Together”
Materials: Plant-Dyed Mulberry Paper, Cardstock, Botanical Ink
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″
Description: Hand-drawn, hand-carved, hand-printed linocut greeting card
Fun Fact: This card was inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone. Read on if you’re in the mood to be moved:
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.
I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother’s face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.