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Leyla watermarkLeyla, meaning “night” in arabic.

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!

Fredericton, NB Manhole Cover Competition

Nomadic Poetry Studio: Fredericton Manhole Cover Design Competition Working on this design was so much fun!  It has been a great way to compose an ode to our lovely new city, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

“In this design, my aim has been to celebrate the vitality of Fredericton’s rolling landscape with the St. John River as its life-giving centrepeice.  Flora and fauna in the work include the: Chickadee, (AMAZING!) Atlantic Sturgeon, Fiddlehead Fern, Purple Violet, Balsam Fir, and Sugar Maple. “

While working on this, I daydreamed of the many moods of the river—-peachy pink in the sunrise, shrouded in a low mist, bright and beckoning, frozen still and covered in snow.  I can’t wait for spring when the water rushes down from the high places and swells it again.  It is truly a gift to live in such a place as this.

Below is an earlier iteration that I loved as well:

Nomadic Poetry Studio: Fredericton Manhole Cover Design Competition