Lyrics, poetry and art all meshed together

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hello Blogger family,

I know it's been a while since I've touched the keyboard. I'm still trying to determine how to elaborate what's been happening with me. It's a long story but i'll make it interesting. First off i've been ill since last October dealing with swollen knees which I thought was an injury from the gym, well my knees got worse to the point of me not being able to go to work. You know how it is in NY, the ups and downs of stairs in the streets with people rushing to get to their destinations. I've been walking like an old person, going to physical therapy which made my knees worse so I had to stop. To make the story short my doctor put me on medical leave, i've been on leave for almost a month now and my mother flew in to take care of me, she's been a tremendous help cooking and cleaning. I found out from the doctor that I have a case of lupus which caused all my joints to swell including my liver which is why it's been too painful to sleep, walk or do any normal movement. I'm now on heavy duty meds to clear all swellings and to bring me back to normal. The meds themselves have side effects but I'm on them for another four weeks. It's been a roller coaster ride but I'm here and miss you all so much.

I haven't been writing much, i've been addicted to painting a lot as you can see. I am loving the 5x7 canvas which I purchased at this cool art store in Manhattan. They are so convenient and easy to paint on.

By the way, get your copy of the Essence Magazine (June issue) on sale now, my poem Confused Being is featured on page 199. Thank you all for your support.

Let me know what you think of the paintings...


Joy said...

Hey there :)

I'm sorry you're going through a hard time, I hope all will be ok soon. Take good care of yourself, rest, relax and let your family spoil you (we all need this from time to time, don't we?)

I love the paintings!!!

the prisoner's wife said...

many prayers for you. may you be blessed with a quick & complete recovery!

the paintings are beatuful, by the way. the color choices & the expressions of the womens' faces are wonderful!

mermaid said...

Every woman is a goddess in your paintings and portrayals of them through poetry.

Aside from the art. How are you really? Illness can be so devastating, and you appear to be handling it well enough in your words, but how are YOU? I would connect with you by email (mine is on my blog), but I figured you haven't posted yours for a reason.

Cathy, let the entire deepest darkest self out. It's the only way to live. There is so much love in your art, but sometimes I wonder who Cathy really is when she is hurting.

KMF said...

Nice work

cosmic clown said...

hey Lyrically urs.....Get well soon.......

i am an admirer of ur works....these paintings ...well they all are reflecting some attitude...which is great.....keep up ur work....:)

by the way my works i do mostly with pencil ,pen....and then on my computer i colour them...yet to paint on a canvas....but i can send u a copy of two of my art work including the "Lake of Dreams" one which u liked.....just send me ur address to my blog or to my email address

And of course its for u totally money business ok....

ALL the Best and Get well soon....:D
bye from Cosmic clown...:D

Fabrizio said...

Hey Cath! I was wondering how you were, 'cause you often post on your blog and it had been a long period of silence. I hope you'll get well soon!

Thanks for the greetings!



Ali's Zay said...


Of course your paintings are as expressive and reflective of your beauty as ever. I'm glad you've been artistically productive, but I'll confess to being genuinely worried. We are still doing HBF together in July right?

PS: Mes omages a ta mere. Tu me manque. :-(

Rethabile said...

Happy to hear you're on the mend. Take care of yourself. We'll wait.

Stephen Bess said...

I always love your paintings. I'm sorry to hear of the Lupus though. I pray for a speedy and complete recovery. Take care and thanks for sharing that with the blog family. We have nothing but love for you. Peace~

Writer on Board said...

Fun paintings. So sorry to hear about your being sick. Hope all will be well. Congrats on the Essence mag poem. I'll pick it up. Take care.

Ananda said...

blessings cathy, i am affirming your health and wholeness. i am glad your mom came to nyc to help out. i also read your beautiful poem on sunday night while sipping tea and reading essence. it was such a wonderful surprise to see it. i loved the language and emotion. once again, your sacred gift of creative expression shines. i love the art posted on your page. peace and health, ananda

Kai C. said...

i miss you...
hope you get better

& love your paintings!

biggest hugs

Dancewithme2 said...
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Dancewithme2 said...

KISSKISS SIS. I am sending all the love that I have within me - to you right NOW. My new love's mom has lupus and has problems with painful and swollen legs. So - through her pain I can almost understand yours. I am adding you to my prayers. Be strong sis. With patience and strength - you will get through this. Besides - you have a wonderfully supportive blogfam (as I recently confirmed) that will be here for you. I'm going to get the Essence tomorrow. :-)

ijeoma obu iheoma said...

glad to have you back.. was begining to wonder.. Hope you are feeling better.. do take care of yourself.

Copasetic Soul said...

the painting are hot!!

now, you do what the doctor says and just relax. wish there were some magic words to make it all better for you...thoughts and prayers go out to you.

oh yea.....dont get on ya mothers nerves!

Gemini Girl aka GG said...

sorry to hear you are going this thing and so glad that your mom can come take care of you like only a mother can! {{hugs}}
Great paintings....let those creative juices it can heal your insides!

Gary said...

Take care of yourself.

I like the colors in the paintings. So vibrant.

Dancewithme2 said...

I checked you out in Essence. What a beautiful ode to Haiti. A Haiti Cherie!!!

Shai said...

I hope you get well soon.

I got my Essence the other day and forgot you were in it until I read your piece. It was deep. Congrats.

Lyrically speaking said...

Joy: Thank you for your well wish so sweet of you

Prisoner's wife: thanks so much, i'm glad you like the paintings

Mermaid: Thanks for the visit, the illness to me is challenging but i'm keeping my head up, nothing but positive energy believe me otherwise I wouldn't even bother blogging again but i'm slowly rising up

Kmf: thanks for the visit, come again

Cosmic Clown: Wow, that's great news, i'll send you my email soon, thanks again, it means a lot :)

Fabrizio: Nice to see you here, come again

Xavier: Thanks, yes still on for July, i'll keep you posted

Sir Rethabile: I felt so inspired visiting your blog, thanks for the visit and love

Mr. Bess: Thanks, it's a daily challenge but i'm here and taking it one day at a time

Writer on Board: Thank you so much, the support is appreciated

Ananda: I'm glad you got to enjoy the poem, I feel so blessed and excited that Essence chose to publish another one of my poems, yes I'm feeling much better with my health...

Kai: Miss you much Miss Kai

Dancewithme2: Miss you girl, I'm back and i'll be reading more of your posts, thanks for the love and support

Gary: Thank you and come again

Miss Shai: Thanks, wow, it's nice to feel the love and support from you all, I am deeply moved

Gemini Girl: I miss reading your hot posts, I have a lot of catching up to do :)

Copasetic: Miss reading you too, naw I haven't annoyed my mom yet, lol, she's a sweetheart, I will miss her when she heads back to AZ

Anonymous said...

The paintings are wonderful, Ms. Dela! I love your talent!

My aunt has lupus, and I've watched her battle that demon for almost 10 years now. It's definitely not a condition to take lightly, however, like alot of other things, it is manageable. I'm so sorry to hear about all that you've been going through. I know what you're dealing with isn't easy, but I pray that God keeps you in His hands, which He will!! Take good care of yourself and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! And congrats on being in Essence magazine again! You go girl! =)

Love ya! *muah*

Bygbaby said...

i wish nothing but the best for you. lupus is no joke so I iwll lift you up in prayer!


Lyrically speaking said...

Miss Urban: Thank you for the encouraging words, I'm also sorry to hear about your aunt dealing with this many out there has it and I am feeling the support. Thanks again

Bygbaby: Thank you, I'll take all the prayers I can get and run with them

Anonymous said...

Love th pics. Great Blogs by the way. I'll keep in touch..... =)