In 1997, as an English and Art major at Bellarmine University, I wrote the poem "UnCommon Ground." When I created this mixed media Blue Heron in 2014, I realized I was revisiting the same notions I was in that poem from years ago. The theme: while tempted to stay alone, I was yearning for connection. The poem, with an edited line, follows:
A stiff-legged hard-nosed heron
My nose above my ears
Peering at our sky
Scoffing the world wandering by
Believing I could go it alone
That I can make my own happy home.
Who needs another?
I want no more hurt from my sister or brother.
My lone legs are weakening.