Day 86: Something Beautiful—A Voice and Maggie’s Oak

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Today Beethoven died. Robert Frost and I were born. I celebrate the second greatest gift I’ve been given. After Philip and Thomas, I am most grateful for a creative voice. Something truly beautiful. Something that transforms life from the mundane to the adventure. From the bland to the delicious. From the ordinary to the sublime.

In celebration, I share a watercolor and the poem that came with it. Not just a representation of the voice I was given, but proof that something beautiful can come from a time of great trial and tumult. This is Maggie’s Oak and much more.


And summer left a paradise

Of softened reds and greys and greens

I could not help but take them in

And capture them before the ice


I was a sentinel it seems

And eyes for those who could not see

The color hiding on the edge

Like glints of gilt upon a ream


I saw the hues, the commons spoke

It was too easy — this I know

I painted all the ones that hid

And what emerged was Maggie’s oak.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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5 Responses to Day 86: Something Beautiful—A Voice and Maggie’s Oak

  1. Chas Spain says:

    Happy Birthday – what a very auspicious day!

  2. Bea Neal says:

    HEY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHDAY DEAR DONNA, Happppppppppppppppppppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Birthday to Youououououououuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. I want you to know I sang that in my Best OUTDOOR voice.

  3. jan41231 says:

    Happy Birthday Donna!! I loved the Oak and the poem! Everything you send is filled with some kind of magically beauty that awakens something deep within that I didn’t even know I had. Not much time for noticing things or partaking of painting etc. raising a large family. I’m soooo pleased I’m on your mailing list and look forward to each day’s revelation. What in the world will I do when you stop, well, you just can’t!! You got yourself into something here, dear friend, and I hope you don’t find an exit.

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