Saturday, December 10, 2016

Twelver Days of Mother Love: December 10

Twelve Days of Mother Love

I thought I'd recycle 

a Mary post from 2012.
Hope you don't mind.

Oh mistress of shapeshifting
you come to us
in many guises. . . .

as a lady in white 
floating above an oak tree
in fields in Portugal,
with messages to shepherd children.

as an image on a highway sign
in Sunnyside, Washington
not once, but twice.

As a statue weeping blood
at a Vietnamese Catholic Church
in Sacramento, California.

People see you
in the browning of a grilled cheese sandwich,
in the hues of a plate glass window.

You told the young Bernadette to dig
and when she had done so, 
you filled the void with healing waters.
Even now, over a century and a half later,
pilgrims flock to Lourdes,
seeking miracles of their own.

I don't seek your likeness
in an oil spot on a garage floor,
though you may well choose to do that
for the mechanic who needs a reminder
of the ineffable nature of faith.

Instead, I seek your company
in spirit,
as a feeling of rightness,
of comfort in the face of discomfort,
as acceptance of what seems unacceptable.

I listen for your voice to guide me
when I feel lost
in a thicket of uncertainty.

Come to us
in the call of birds returning home in early spring,
in the twisting smoke of a stick of incense,
in the giggle and froth of a river,
in the singing and trembling of stones
in the temple at Abydos.

Come to us in whatever form
we will understand,
as apparition
as song
as a whisper
as a gold-leafed icon
or a warm breeze.

Just come to us.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 9

A bust of Mary, her nose chipped, 
sits in Anado's studio
waiting for her chance to join
in some work of art
yet to be created.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 8

Is it because women are generally seen as more


that we've brought representations of 
the Divine Feminine
into our lives?

Or is it that instinctively
we search for balance, for inclusion,
for female heroes
to complement the Father God 
of the Jewish tradition
and the God-like son of the Christian tradition?

To see other offerings 
in Twelve Days of Mother Love,
click HERE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 7

Artists for hundreds, even thousands, of years
have attempted to capture the essence of Mary.

This portrayal seeks to picture Mary
as Queen of the Heavens, with rich brocades and lace
and a crown too heavy to be worn by a human being.

I suspect that Mary would be embarrassed by images 
that show her in extravagant clothing and jewels.

She was, after all, an unspoiled girl
who answered a call that would change her life
in ways she couldn't begin to imagine.
She said yes, trusting that her path would be revealed 
and her feet would be steady upon it.

We should all be so obedient when the call to our destiny comes.

For additional meditations on the Divine Feminine
and the cult of Mary, click HERE.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 6

attitude of sweet repose
her blessings rain down on us
sainted mother love

Monday, December 5, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 5

Think what an amazing world this would be

if we did all things
with great love.

For more 12 days participants,
click HERE.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love: December 4

I'm joining Rebecca's
12 Days of Mother Love,
her homage to the energy of the Divine Feminine,
personified in the Christian tradition by
the Virgin Mary.

I'm thinking about mothers a lot today.
My mother would have officially turned 90 today.
She died on Labor Day, so she didn't quite make it.

She had that "Mother Love" energy, though.
Here's to you, Mom.

Click HERE to see the other participants' offerings.