"The 2 Miss Leavens" as written by and Melora Creager....
Here we see the two Miss Leavens
Each girl was 16 years old
Kylie died in a car crash in Iowa
Harriet in an 1815 portrait from Connecticut
Harriet's necklace and purse are lined in scarlet reds
Kylie's Myspace states that she was a good friend
Stylized clouds float behind their heads
Suggesting the halos that awaited them

The two Miss Leavens
No doubt in heaven
I paint the portraits on ivory
Two perfect likenesses
Teenage your highness'
Soft-focused by death, by history

I am the Limner
I make portraits in miniature
These two girls were separated by two hundred years
But still they are sisters

When this you see, remember me
Bury in your mind
What others say when I'm awake
Speak of me as you find

Resigned to dust
Don't pity us
We're forever pretty and mysterious


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"The 2 Miss Leavens" as written by Melora Creager

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    Song MeaningFrom Rasputina's website:

    "I've long-liked the painter Ammi Phillips. He was an itinerant portraitist or "limner". In the time before photography, painters traveled around looking for clients. A lot of their work was anonymous, not really thought of as art. I like the often-strange human proportions and stiffness in this work. They were craftsmen, not polished like European painters. Ammi Phillips worked a lot in Columbia County, NY (where I live and the locale that Sister Kinderhook is based on).
    I particularly liked his portrait of a young teen-aged girl, Harriet Leavens. Try as I might, I could not find any biographical information about her whatsoever.
    Memorial pictures are another anonymous art/craft form that I'm a fan of. These were women's work. Eunice Pinney is one of my favorites. In one of her mourning pictures, she prepared a memorial to herself when she was 43 years old, leaving space on the tombstone for her children to fill in her age and the year of death. In an unusual undedicated memorial picture, she left space on the tombstone for someone to write the name, age and year of death of the deceased person. It was a blank and a business plan – she was pre-making memorials to sell.
    You'll find a certain kind of verse on these memorial pictures. This is what Eunice wrote on the back of her own:

    'For Oliver Hector Holcombe if he will get it framed:
    Dear children pray now and then cast A sorrowful thought upon me,
    You see where you'r coming at last. Prepare you for eternity.
    This piece is the product of one week. Finished by your disponding mother June 13- 1813
    Who worships the great God; that instant joints The first in heav'n, and sets foot on hell.
    Faith builds a bridge from this world to the next, O'r death's dark gulf; and all its horror hides.'"
    elevatorladyon August 31, 2011   Link

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