David Whyte in "The Winter of Listening" (Essentials, p.26) contains this profound verse:
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born."
The digital composition above is anchored by a painting called "Mary's Song," the Madonna's spontaneous celebration of the mystery and miracle of life and faith with her cousin Elizibeth and by extension all women. Inside her is "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" to quote Bach and by extension, that great shout of Joy that resides in us all, waiting. For what?, you might ask. A birth, in natural time, not something we can hurry up. In the unexpected places that we did not plan. For reasons we cannot fully understand or explain. This is how we find our own voice. It is in us already, being nourished, growing to readiness to be brought forth through pain, love, sacrifice. Born from us to be a blessing to world which needs what we have as those carriers of the light, love and light.
I loved to draw as far back as I can remember. I studied and practiced architecture. But for many years my "art" was helping other people find their own path to joy. I was not till I turned 60, that I returned to my root passion. In natural time, still evolving and growing with each experiment, I am finding my own voice as an artist and human being.
By the way, I know several women whose art-form/ is motherhood. Their creativity,passion,ingenuity,and unique voice is on display everyday on the pages of social media in the joy and growth of their children. You know who you are, I see your joy, your "art" and the blessing you are to the world!
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.