Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dear Allegra

Dear Allegra, my valiant friend:

I lit a candle for you,

you lover of peacocks

fabulous food

all things beautiful

and all creatures great and small.

I am sending healing light
and love your way
because I don't know
what else to do.

This is all I can offer:

I am holding you in my heart,
Dear One.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Haiku My Heart: Birth of the Light

For more Haiku My Heart, click HERE

Celebrate the birth
of the One who brings the Light,
spreads it far and wide.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mosaic Monday: The Colors of Mexico

Let me transport you
to a magical place
where color seeps into your heart. . . 
and warms your soul.

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Friday, December 17, 2010

Weekend Reflection: Bottles

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

bottles line the wall
cobalt blue more intense than
the sky fills my eyes

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In Guad We Trust

She is all around,
answering fervent prayers.

Working miracles
for those who believe.

Radiating goddess energy
out into the Universe.

Just being
an inspiration
and consolation.

A Virgin a Day.

And please join us 

Share the Joy Thursday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mexican Virgin

She is revered in Mexico
the brown-skinned lady
with sweet eyes like
pools of chocolate,
with a mother's
compassionate heart.

The holy lady,
worker of miracles.

Omnipresent in Mexico.

For more virgins
or to join the procession,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rebecca's Virgin

Not to steal her thunder or anything
but I've always loved the iconic figure
I've come to call "Rebecca's Virgin."
Her halo, her reverent eyes,
her hands folded in prayer,
all speak to me.

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

So I was really excited
when Rebecca led us on a pilgrimage
to see "her" Virgin
and even let us take pictures.

For more virgins, wander on over

Don't miss Deb's virgin painting

I love Noelle's Reflections on a Black Madonna.

Then there's Fran's journal page,
Elizabeth's Gray Seduction, and

I'm proud to know such talented,
thoughtful people!

p.s. the link for Share the Joy Thursday
will be posted here
by 5 p.m. pacific time today
if you'd like to play along. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Berries

I was walking along the waterfront,
trying to catch a glimpse
of the progress on the Chinese Reconciliation park
 when I accidentally discovered
these lovely berries adorning branches.

So appealing and so RED.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mexico Monday: Feeling Out of Sorts?

Feeling a little prickly today?

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian.

To get a dose of fun, click on over to Mexico Monday.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Anthropologie

Between the poetry bookstore
and a performance of Hair
by the tour company,
I sneaked in a little visit to Anthropologie
and then next door to Williams-Sonoma.

One gift for Danielle.

Two gifts for me.

At least I'll have something under the tree.

For more Mosaic Monday, click HERE.

And please join us 

Tell us (and show us)
what gives you joy.
Share those incomparable little moments.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekend Reflection: Building

For more Weekend Reflections, click HERE.

A Virgin a Day (4): Virgin/Mother Mary

Mary is the centerpiece of virgin-adulation
 in the Christian tradition, though she is
 not the only religious figure said 
to have given birth asexually.  
Nor was she the first. 

Mighty Isis gave birth to her son Horus
 by immaculate conception after Osiris
 was murdered and hacked into tiny pieces
 by his wicked brother Set.

Michaelangelo's Pieta - photo © MAK 2010

This Virgin Mary, of course, 
is part of the Pieta, 
an incomparable sculpture 
carved by Michaelangelo. 
Besides being rendered awestruck
 by its ethereal beauty, you can't help
 but notice that this Mary -- 
probably in her late 40s or early 50s 
at the time of the crucifixion -- 
has the countenance of a teenager. 

There are no wrinkles, 
no signs of life lived well. 
There is perhaps a suggestion of shock 
or perhaps surrender, 
but not the overt grief that might be anticipated 
from a human mother holding a son 
who died too young under horrendous circumstances, 
even a human mother
 who fervently believed in God's plan. 

Her first-born son, 
now lying cradled in her lap post-mortem, 
is represented as a mature man, 
albeit one whose proportions have been altered 
to fit in his mother-statue's lap. 
But Mary is pictured
 as still in the full blush of her maidenhood.

Art critics and commentators have lots of opinions
 about the symbolic meaning of Michaelangelo's choice. 
One interpretation is that Michaelangelo, 
a great fan of Dante's Divine Comedy, 
was showing Mary as the daughter of the Son 
in the Holy Trinity.

Michaelangelo himself remarked 
to his biographer and fellow sculptor Ascanio Condivi:
Do you not know that chaste women 
stay fresh much more than those who are not chaste? 
How much more in the case of the Virgin, 
who had never experienced 
the least lascivious desire that might change her body?

Oh, for crying out loud! 

This woman wasn't just an icon. 
She wasn't just a vehicle to bring Jesus into being
 (though that's how Christianity treats her). 
Besides her rather famous first-born son, 
she bore and reared a number of other children. 

Are you telling me
 that in all the hoo-hah 
associated with glorifying 
the cult of the virgin aspect, 
poor Mary was stripped
 of all the passionate glory of sex 
that makes it a pleasure to procreate? 

She had no desires? That's pitiful. 
And says a lot about attitudes
 about women's sexuality
 if good old Michaelangelo's perspective
 was representative.

Condivi himself suggested
 that Mary's appearance as a woman
 much younger than her chronological age
 was a mark, not only of fortunate genetic inheritance
 (though he didn't use that phrase), 
but also a sign that she was blessed by God.

 Since I'm told I look much younger than I really am,
 I like this explanation best of all. 

(Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now
but Christianity has been a huge shaper
of attitudes about women, their roles,
and the need to control their sexuality.)

For more Virgins, click HERE.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 3: St. Brigid of Ireland

When  Christianity made its way to Ireland
the Celtic people weren't ready
to give up the Goddess.

Brigid was the goddess of the fire,
the protectress of blacksmiths, of healers
and poets. She was the High Mother Goddess
of Ireland. Her feast day is February 1,
known as Imbolc, the beginning of Celtic spring.

Today, Brigit's wells dot the Irish landscape.

She has been incorporated into the persona of
St. Brigid of Kildare,
thought to have been a nun in the 500s.

She is often mistaken for the Virgin Mary,
but her sacred status long predates Christianity.

To see other Virgins,
visit Rebecca's "A Virgin a Day."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 2: A Virgin a Day

One of the virgin images
found in Guanajuato, Mexico
is that of Our Lady of Guanajuato,
patron saint of the city.

Her statue resides in the basilica
built between 1671 and 1696.
This antique figure was a gift from
King Charles I of Spain and his son,
Phillip II of Spain during the colonial period.

Image © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

It is thought to be the earliest piece of European
religious art to arrive in the New World.

Each year on August 9, there is a ceremony
commemorating the statue's arrival
 in Guanajuato in 1557.  
The statue is placed on a huge, lavishly decorated 
lighted bier for closer inspection.
A special Mass and Rosary are said. 
Then men of the parish carry the statue outside
for waiting throngs to see.
Hymns are written for the ceremony
and Aztec dancers perform.
In the evening there are three hours of prayer, music
and general adoration, culminating in a fireworks display.

The next day an embroidered velvet mantilla is draped
on the statue. Townspeople walk under it to ensure
the blessings and protection of their patron saint.

There is also a painting of her in the small
basilica museum.

Image © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 1: A Virgin a Day

Not that I'm in the same league
as St. Brigid of Ireland
or Our Lady of Guadalupe
but I was a virgin .......

once upon a time.


I couldn't resist playing with the theme.

To see more typical
and saintly

visit Rebecca's Recuerdo mi Corazon

And if you want to play along

click HERE