Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Virgin a Day: Day Six

"Our Lady of Perpetual Woes" - created on Polyvore/MeriMagic

I call her "Our Lady of Perpetual Woes."

I'm sure you know her.

She's the friend, the colleague, the cousin
who makes a career of complaining
about all the things that are wrong in her life.

She sees the cup as half full. . . 
or less.

Any attempts you make to help her alter
her perspective are rebuffed.
She doesn't want to make a shift.

She is the shadow of Our Lady,
the part of her that wanted to lie down and quit
when her burdens felt crushing.

Only, unlike the Divine Mother,
Our Lady of Perpetual Woes 
chooses to suck on lemons
instead of making lemonade.

Sometimes, the only way to keep
their darkness from seeping into your aura
is to minimize contact
or cut ties all together.

We can't mother the whole world.


Forest Dream Weaver said...

To minimize contact........and sometimes is that not also mothering?

Enjoy your day,

Lenora said...

I agree with Ruby - to know when to release, when to protect even thyself, when to step forward when back.. the art of mothering, the art of moving forward..

Hettienne said...

yes, tough love or sometimes called true love! the sword of compassion is double edged blade. blessings to you

Priti.Lisa said...

We can't mother the whole world.
AMEN to that!
Interacting with some people is like tying a brick to a balloon.

I am totally infatuated with your artwork...I had to google polyvore...I had no idea what it was...sounds complicated and best left to the professionals :)
You are amazing♥

Delphyne said...

Ah, shadows. So interesting - we see our own in others for how could we recognize them if we didn't know them ourselves?

In the mundane world, it is sometimes good to stay away from OLOPW until we work with our own shadows, find compassion for them and heal them. That is the only point at which I can be around OLOPW without getting seriously annoyed.

I don't know very much about art, but aren't shadows used to create depth? Perhaps that's what shadows do to us, too.

Carol L McKenna said...

Divine feminine ~ lovely work and post ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka ~ 'artmusedog' ^_^

gma said...

Meri I look forward each day to see the Mary's you will share. All of them so wonderful, edgy, stunning and have touched me deeply.

rebecca said...

i love you meri...

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

She is the shadow of Our Lady,
the part of her that wanted to lie down and quit
when her burdens felt crushing.

I really like to think of Our Lady of Woes as Mary's shadow side. Again, I'm struck with Polyvore. Please tell me about it, or have you written back and I missed it?

Paula Scott said...

Such a compelling piece and words to go with it. We are merely human beings, full of imperfections.

Laura said...

we cannot mother the world if mothering means "fixing"... but we can surely mother by modeling, and being present, awake and alive with love and compassion. Still, it is difficult to remain objective and give loving space to one perpetually filled with woe.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Yes, I know her well...

Mary of the Tombs