Thursday, September 29, 2005

she said...

while looking into a puddle,
"i feel like i will fall into the sky"

that is what she said...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
this weeks theme is 'fresh'

Happy Feet by Beatrix

Happy Feet by Beatrix
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
This is drawn by one of my favorite artists; my daughter Beatrix aged 6.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

Today's weather is: Rainy

peeling paint lets you see the years

rooted to a spot

my belly behaves badly
when i smell the school basement

and i think of all those rainy mornings
and kids cooped on benches

instead of playing in the puddles

Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday, Friday

Friday, Friday
keep your nose tiday!

(my sister's wise words, please note poem works best with an English accent)

yes it is very late, actually it is very early,
and i am back to bed...

three cheers for the land of nod, the chamber of sleep, and life in a pod


Thursday, September 22, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

is all i want...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

pocket rocks

pocket rocks (sept. 05) #2
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
gathering, preparing, painting, assembling wares for "word on the street"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

variety dumpling surprise

stacks of white plastic table cloths
make my knees perspire

my dim sum is closed this is another place

the chef with the paper hat, wide
set eyes speaks no english,
nods to a menu

inside so quiet. the hum of electrical workings

tiny fruit flies on the vinegar bottle
one dead beside the salt,
no pepper present.

i am in a basement, like in a dream
one of the double doors is open
held in place by a chair

above ground the street,
another building, the ramble of the streetcar

swinging arms, moving legs of the occasional person
walking by on dundas

i will have what i will call "the variety dumpling surprise"

hints only

the first egg + spinach
the second pork gingerly
the third tofu and chive

tea is hot milk
thumbs up
scalding and different

the fourth slids inside my mouth
shy familiar taste pork + ginger

another styrofoam cup sip
reveals something new to me
,hot soya milk

i pour vinegar and
with it a small fruit fly
that slowly breaststrokes
across my soy/vinegar

the next dumpling surprise
perhaps is beef

i am getting full
but the chef wide eyes
has wisely placed the dumplings
in a styrofoam square
to take away (just in case)

the tea which isn't
grows on me - comforting
a good morning drink
(i think he knows something i do not)

another dumpling chicken
soaked in the soy/vinegar

concerned the chef limps

not eating i point outside,
pat my belly say "full"

but drink and eat another
not to offend

chop,chop, chop

the next satisfying chinese greens
chicken + pork + something green
next time i will bring rhonda and share

another man comes in
hello, giggles and
turns on the light
yes good thank you

two voices bouncing
in the back
and backstage hand
forced to limp to the front
his chance, without language

comic and nice

the dream fades
as the lights come on
the last dumpling
chosen sits soaking
in vinegar-

i have lost count
looking in two left
i know it was 10
10 was large pork

and now i pause

and play with the idea

only two little mystery dumplings left

through their doughy
semi-transparent wrapper
i see green
of the vegetable variety

and i do

i will

eat the last two!

saving the final sips
to ease them down
...and then

dumpling filled
i will walk fill my nostrils

as the food circulates
i become even more awake

the door closes
the fake breeze
of a/c starts

before the dawn
of this restaurants
new day...
a little less official
and the chance
for wordless gesture filled interchange
and happy drink misunderstanding

the last two egg and spinach and
the biggest surprise
is that
i ate all

i am so so full.

Monday, September 19, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
This weeks theme at Illustration Friday is "Escape".
My illo is based on the wonderful Philip Pullman book entitled 'The Subtle Knife'. Will is one of the central charactors and keeper of the subtle knife. The knife can cut anything including this world(or any other) opening a window into different worlds.

please click on image and see it at the largest size through flickr

Friday, September 16, 2005

Psst looky here!

my website has been built by the lovely and talented Tracey Graham.
Her link is on my bio page. If you have a moment it would be grand if
you checked my new new spanking new site out and told me what you think please!!
Still to be added is the navigation icon...i hope for a little suitcase there.
One day too the store really will be full of things for sale.
Currently I am working to get stuff ready for Sunday September 25th
"Word on the Street", this year it happens at Queens Park and is a fun big
literary event, books and word related things. My pal James and I will be
selling our "365 Reason not to Be Bored Calendar" (he is the inventor of this and the author i do the illos ), as well as charms, trinkets
and wordy parafinalia....Please come if you are in Toronto, or even if you are not.
Love and Peace and mini

(p.s. we can be found at word on the street under james' small press name ' 2X4 to the forehead').

Thursday, September 15, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
this weeks theme at illustration friday is depth.


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
i am making this into a pillow perhaps, and also making it into cards that have some of the printedness of them echoed in real embellishments. i do like to sew on paper.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Joleen's art challenge

Joleen's art challenge
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
Joleen (
sent me a sweet little package with ingredients to make a collage with this note, "make a mixed media collage using at least part of each of these items. some kind of paint and whatever you wish."
others can be found here

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sasha and Me

Sasha and Me
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
Sasha is my first feathered friend, an embassador to birds if you will, she has taught me very well, I can now really see birds and wow are they ever amazing. I love her. She lives in the second hand book/music store where I work part time.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

today's fabric

new (old) shirt #1
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

in the morning
the cover
of the cage is lifted
the bird inside croaks "hello"
and slowly adjusts its eyes
to the brightness and possibility
of this new day

we take carefully the strings
that hold the bolt of fabric together
and slowly with care
unroll it
revealing the fabric of this day

is it silk?
perhaps terry cloth
weighty with comfort
and utilitarian appeal

a swiss dot?

cheeky gingham, soft and youthful?

spicy batik full of the flavor
of incense and wax

cheap crisp dyed cotton
stiff and brilliant
embellished with beads

rich luxurious velvet
dark purple brown
wishing to be walked upon

or maybe instead it changes constantly

starting as uncertain as gauze
and ending with
the deep sleep of brocade.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

lost and found

small packets of sugar
and vinegar

loose ends


bars of soft soap

periods at the end of a sentence

feta cheese
screen doors

merry go rounds
desk drawers
wall paper

salmon sandwiches
cups of tea
the moomins



Wednesday, September 07, 2005

brand new journal

brand new journal
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
click on and go to the largest page at flikr and you can read the first page of a brand new jounal.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

curious doodle

curious doodle
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
oh my mind flys and stalls
wedged into the house alone
but worried too
at all the new details
and scatterings of those
that i roost with...

Friday, September 02, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
an oldie, but fitting for this weeks illustration theme at
please click on image so you can read carl jung's wise words

Thursday, September 01, 2005

pOpcOrn puppies

pOpcOrn puppies
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
"yes with butter' he said rather sheepishly.

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