By Tammy Seibert
“I came here for a reason. I didn’t come here to be a mother. I didn’t come here to be a nun. And I did not come here to be a cleaning lady. I came here to be a poet.” – Stevie Nicks
I have been writing poetry since high school, after being baptized by fire in a creative writing class. Poetry connects me to that part of myself that doesn’t know how to talk or negotiate. It can restore a sense of mystery and a sense of awe to the everyday.
Marcie and I both share a love of poetry, weaving our story into lines of metaphor and simile. Maybe that’s another reason why we love Stevie Nicks. It takes courage to follow your own path and to be a solo, feminine voice crying out in the wilderness of rock n’ roll.
Crushed Velvet Dreams By Marcie Everhart
I’m only brought out for parties,
When the sparkling me is required.
She calls it the perfect occasion,
And the other garments too bland and tired.
But I hang in the darkness mostly
All but forgotten…ghostly
Wishing she would choose us,
And bring me to her chest closely.
My soft kiss, my mysterious shine, my moonlight shade, my glow.
For I am the only one, who the secrets of your heart I know.
Let us come alive together.
For it is not the occasion that is perfect,
But how we make each other feel…
Poetry also becomes a safe refuge, a refuge for my wild heart to make a deposit in this very moment in time. We are all thirsty spirits longing for wells that don’t run dry. We all need a place to go with our deepest questions of the human soul. What safer place than a blank page?
Deeper Than A Cup of Tea By Tammy Seibert
You can’t give more
If you don’t have anything left to give.
Refill to overflowing kindness
Spilling out touching others
People’s needs, rising like
The steam from the cup
Curly cues of emotions
Circling into thin air
All it takes is Spirit’s invitation
To partake like Holy Communion
The Bread and The Wine
Symbolized in different form
Come sit with me and be known
Drink the tea
Prayers spoken or heard
Become nourishment to all
I am deeper than a cup of tea.
What does this have to do with fashion? We know what it means for a painting to be beautiful. But what about a life? Maybe, to live well is to practice the Art of Living. Remember how you played as a child. What absorbed you to the extent that you lost track of time? Your child’s play is the source of your genius, the key to your creativity. It is the clue to your unique gift you have to offer the world, to your mission, to your passion. Allow yourself time to play, relax, imagine and dream. Explore the whispers in your heart that give life to your dreams. Let your life be a work of art.
Stevie Nicks is not only a fashion influence but also a siren’s call to find out what you came here for and get to doing it. Whether that’s dressing romantically, writing poetry, playing guitar, intuitive painting, fashion blogging or whatever is calling you out of the La-Z-Boy rocker. Turning 50 should be exploring all the ways that make your heart beat faster.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
Poetry in motion.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes Take Two
If you haven’t experienced Rupi Kaur’s collection of poetry and prose, “Milk and Honey,” Tammy highly recommends as “food for the soul.” The book, a #1 New York Times bestseller in 2015, is about healing and hope.
A Little Background Music
Stevie tells the story behind the song…
Tammy’s Shopping Links
Lauren Conrad Lily High Heel Ankle Boots, $40. In taupe or black.
Chico’s Leopard Print Scarf, $40. The 100-inch length is out of stock, but this one is 72 inches long.
Marcie’s Shopping Links
At left, the champagne crushed velvet slip dress I purchased on a Forever 21 sales rack for a few dollars. At right, a current version layered over a turtleneck with thigh-high boots.
At left, the pleated gold skirt I purchased on a Forever 21 sales rack for less than $5. It bunches funny around the waist, but it’s sooo interesting as a bottom layer, peeking out from another skirt.
*Photos of Tammy and Marcie by Tammy and Marcie.