Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Response: Collaboration

My First Throught: Photoshop Animal Mashups





But that would be cheating!
So... My response:

If the World Was Crazy - Shel Silverstein

If the world was crazy, you know what I'd eat?
A big slice of soup and a whole quart of meat,
A lemonade sandwich, and then I might try
Some roasted ice cream or a bicycle pie,
A nice notebook salad, an underwear roast,
An omelet of hats and some crisp cardboard toast,
A thick malted milk made from pencils and daisies,
And that's what I'd eat if the world was crazy. 

If the world was crazy, you know what I'd wear?
A chocolate suit and a tie of eclair,
Some marshmallow earmuffs, some licorice shoes,
And I'd read a paper of peppermint news.
I'd call the boys "Suzy" and I'd call the girls "Harry,"
I'd talk through my ears, and I always would carry
A paper umbrella for when it grew hazy
To keep in the rain, if the world was crazy. 

If the world was crazy, you know what I'd do?
I'd walk on the ocean and swim in my shoe,
I'd fly through the ground and I'd skip through the air,
I'd run down the bathtub and bathe on the stair.
When I met somebody I'd say "G'bye, Joe,"
And when I was leaving--then I'd say "Hello."
And the greatest of men would be silly and lazy
So I would be king...if the world was crazy. 

Why this response? 
Well, first of all, I LOVE Mica Angela Hendricks' art with her daughter Maya. I forgot where I first (and last) saw these collaborations, but I'm so glad Macky-J chose them this week. If you were too lazy to click the link, here is a sample of Hendricks' work:
Shel Silverstein's poem gives off the same care free, boundary-breaking, ridiculous vibe as Hendricks' artwork. And I think adults are drawn to this sort of freedom because we've GROWN out of it. We've been trained in the arts of normalcy aka boredom, and in viewing and reading this silly works, we tap into a piece of our natural and real selves that we lost.

How does this relate to growth?
It's sad, but as we grow older, we also tend to grow away from the imaginative, creative freedom with which we are born.


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