With Kid Gloves… For my Friends at Artech


       With Kid Gloves


These guys barreling through Belltown

In over-sized Izusus


These girls in vintage bowling shirts

Hefting their own weight in bronzes


Wearing Doc Martins and glitter shadow

To the Christmas party

One polite Spritz cookie always left on the plate


Masters of satire and art history

Handling with kid gloves

The treasures of local heroes- the archives of museums


Pausing for a wink, a sound-bite joke

Bubble level in back pocket clipboard missing again


And then at night like cats

Slipping into dark alleys- drawn like Cyrano magnetism to the moon


Men and women ascend to their studios

To paint – to print – to sculpt


Working into the night

The fume woozy red-eyed night

Hurry carefully to finish by First Thursday


We turn out midweek for each other’s opening glories

Nibbling veggie-platter and cheese dinners

Beaded sweaters and nails scubbed


Kiss on the cheek and slap on the back

Looking our best in orange Converse and praise



We dream Bohemian dreams of fancy

Showing up on time the next day


If only we had more time

But pleased to have made the cut

There’s a lot of competition to work in a place like this


Oh-to send postcards from Paris- from Barbados

From huts – flats – digs


Yet misty-oh so misty

When we really have to say goodbye


Belltown espresso fueling double lives

These guys – these girls


Big smiles in top heavy vans

Careening down First Avenue


Gilded times in float frame display

Handle my memories with kid gloves

Installed securely in my heart




About lisasstories2013

Lisa Noble is a published writer and artist. Her stories, poems and art work have appeared in the following: Poet's West Journal, The Sound, Sage Woman, The Beltane Papers, Mixed Metaphors by the Seattle Art Museum, Voices of Choice, 33 Angel Times, Metro's Paint me a Poem: as part of Metro's 1999 Poetry on Buses Lisa's poem: "Low on the North West Food Chain: was featured on several Metro Buses. Since 2006 Lisa has been a regular contributor to We'Moon publications. Lisa is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is the author of the 3-part Charman Chronicles series. Book one: "The Charman Chronicles: The Book of Fire" Is available on Amazon.com in book and Kindle form. (See Frieda Cramer's book review on the Kindle display!) Lisa's motto is: Support Literacy, Read to a Kid" thus the theme of this blog which will feature her favorite children's stories. Lisa has also self published two chapbooks and is the creator of the "Halfway to Babylon" project slated to come out in 2014. Lisa has shown her art work in group and solo exhibitions. Most recently being a part of the "Artful Henna" exhibition at the Art Not Terminal Gallery curated by Kree Arvanitas and Jeannie Lewis. View Lisa's work on her on-line shop: www.cafepress.com/lisanoble and on this blog.

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