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Elegance and Peace

I crave the simple image

The minimalist’s view painted on my inner most eye.
A soft pallet stroking my grieved and sickly soul
With it’s never too little, never too much easy flow of grace
Inviting me to rest my head
And forget.

I crave you.

I crave flowing pastures that meet soft blue horizons.
Never worried they are of
Thunder, threats and lightening storms raining despair upon settled ground.
No rose petals falling from skinny hopeless stalks or
Once hearty trees giving in to driving rain.
No, I crave a bloom coming forth from freshly sprouted earth and
Sun rays that compliment her efforts.
I crave this, this elegance, this simplicity, this conflict free existence.

Today I ask you not to offer up hurried flashes and trampling thoughts one over the other.
Don’t take me down paths to the world that once held me captive.
Today I ask for orange to make peace with yellow and not war across the page
Spilling on red, assaulting blue and running head first into black.
Not today, today I crave simplicity.
I need something simple, something elegant
As my mind is weary, saddled with burden, near to fail and never phoenix.
So I beg for rest, for reprieve, for mercy.

Show me no images of the war I fought and lost
Remind me not of times I stood dressed as a soldier
In tiny patent leather shoes and a frilly little dress
Beside my commander, my chief, my enemy.
I ask you
I beg of you
Show me no more sorrow
Show me no more pain.
Today I need simplicity.
Today I must have peace.

Elegance and Peace by F. Magdalene
written Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 9:33 pm

Published on Categories Art, ART GALLERY, Digital Art, Flowers, POETRY

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SUNDRIP – Art for Life is a site that expresses in every media possible an intimate look into the life of a person living with major trauma. The issues addressed in art and writing include Dissociative Identity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lupus and CRSD. Despite these issues, I intend to move forward, through and out with honor, grace and creativity.

6 thoughts on “Elegance and Peace

  1. Newbie

    This poem is amazing, and the painting... simple yet beautiful. You're very talented. 🙂

  2. a woman on earth

    Your thoughts here reminded me of one of my favorite songs/poems -- "Simple Gifts". For/to/in me, it whispers of Hope, Love, Acceptance....of why I am on this twisting, nutty healing journey that has left me so dizzy at times -- to be simply free. "To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed....til by turning, turning we come round right." Ahhhhh, to be able to "bow and to bend" because I want to....because I CHOOSE TO....

    'Tis the gift to be simple,
    'tis the gift to be free,
    'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
    And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
    It will be in the valley of love and delight.

    When true simplicity is gained,
    To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed.
    To turn, turn will be our delight,
    'Til by turning, turning we come round right

    'Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
    'Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
    And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
    Then we'll all live together and we'll all learn to say,

    'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
    'Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of "me",
    And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
    Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.

    ("Simple Gifts" was written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. in 1848.)

    thank you, a., for being real.
    take care of yourself.


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