In writing poetry with objects, Mela joins other poets in constantly expanding her vocabulary. She calls this "shopping." It also happens to be her job. Clients rely upon her uncanny ability to scan acres of corny consumer goods and find the one magical and perfect selection amongst them.
Today I joined Mela and Deva on a safari to LaConner and Anacortes.
"My favorite period is the time in England after the Romans left, leaving their art and architecture behind, and the Gaelic tribes they had been ruling took over. This is the time of the Arthurian legends. Arthur was half Roman, you know," Mela tells me. "For me, Roman art in Italy isn't nearly as interesting as seeing it in England."
"The Romans poisoned themselves by drinking wine out of lead chalices," Deva answers to my question of why the Romans left England and everywhere else.
A street of quaint storefronts in La Conner fills with summer tourists
In a courtyard off the Caravan gift
store, a trio plays hypnotic pieces on
View from the waterfront porch behind
the bakery from which we bought a picnic
The neighborhood seagulls lobbied for a portion of our meal, and we humored them.
After we ran out of sandwich crumbs, the seagulls gave us a scolding.
We spent several hours in the antique shops of La Conner and Anacortes, and then headed for the statuary on the outskirts of Anacortes to find cement planters and garden benches. I asked Mela whether she added colored finishes to the cement. "Here in Washington, mosses grow on the cement, which is so much more beautiful,"she told me. She likes the look of ancient mystery.
Purusing the statuary. A Roman style
planter was pronounced
Scanning ceramics at a Japanese gift shop
The clerk at the Japanese shop saw me
photographing the store and
On our way back to Bellingham, we visit
Tannia and Emil
Emil explained that the house is heated
partly by passive solar design.
Tannia and Emil collected and set the
beautiful stones of their
The view from the living room window.
The southwest view from the porch.
Front entrance. The rough siding on the
house maintains the
A chocolate-scented dendrobium orchid
completes the living room.