In the spirit of collaboration and friendship, poet Lance Henson, and I began a blog devoted to his poetry and writing with occasional artworks.


Our intention was not to illustrate his works or to interpret my artworks but simply to inspire and encourage each other in an ongoing dialogue.

Most of our collaboration has been based on his poems past and current with my artworks added but not done in direct response to his words.

Below are the first results of a new strategy, in which I sent images and requested poems from Lance.


they move
between the walled boundaries of metaphor
their wings dripping on our windows
the eyes of flowers trembling in a vicinity of returns
we watch
for signs of passing….

*Hahnomma: tsistsistas word for bee.

©2014 Lance Henson

©2014 Barbara Bartlett

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Even in this tumultuous time, I look toward the light, of the people who i adore. who are my eternal family.


stood by the dying
knowing that death cannot know more
than it is given….
The sweetness of life
In continuance….
even as a slow grayness
gathers in the sorrowing rain…

as in the eyes of the fallen….

August 20, 2014

Copyright 2014 Lance Henson


Medicine Song

neh hista amiah
dosah eh hos on no eh ah do ish

nodots eno si yowah

nadots do mi uts e mgon baeh
neh tseheskotseo ehmin

my heart is traveling
where the forsaken are hiding

i am going to whisper to their dreams

we will walk upon the ashes of the earth


medicine song