Amulet #44

image: 3” diameter, watch: 3 ¾” x 3 ¼” x ¼”

2017

metal pocket watch, painted brass embellishments, holographic paper, hand braiding, rhinestones

The fourth in a subgroup of four, “Amulet #44” has been referred to as “Oculus.”  Each of the four “Oculi” were subtly different.  This version seemed to be reminiscent of an Arabic design, especially because of the addition of marquis-cut rhinestones.  At the time, I was thinking about the cyclic passage of Winter to Spring and my cousin’s untimely passing, and I wrote a poem that follows.  “Prologues of winters retreated to shadows / As chapters of springs reawoke from repose, / To guide the gray city through ice storms and snows, / Melting the riverbanks where blood roses froze. // The summers’ green psalms and the autumns’ orange prose / Turned page after page to the epilogues’ close. / Year to year to endless years; and so it goes. / Long past, they had rended the life that she chose.”