Friday, March 8, 2013

IGWRT's Artistic Interpretations "Two Voices"

Two Voices

Of honey and spice
and moonlit crescent nights

of rivers and streams
and salt licked waves

two voices chant
on sand and rocky shore

passionately persuade
fiercely protect

bejeweled venus
in yellow-gold silk

ocean mother
of peaceful blue

peacock feathers
and butterfly wings

loves and dreams
sprinkled pumpkin seeds

cinnamon and seaside
cowrie shells

incense and perfume
arise Oshun & Yemaya

from Africa's
life-giving waters.

by Margaret Bednar, March 8, 2013

This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's - Artistic Interpretations.

I found many links, not one with the same story regarding Oshun/Yemaya.  I particularly enjoyed this one about Oshun - HERE,  and this image of Oshun & Yemaya HERE.

I found out the "Catholic" version/link to this goddess is Saint Regla, although I must say, the stories behind each are quite different!  An image I found from a Catholic Church is HERE .  It is gorgeous!


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Chelsea is so talented, Margaret! Your poem is wonderful, evoking the richness of legend. Love the idea of the two goddesses, rising from Africa's "life-giving waters". Lovely.

De Jackson said...

Gorgeous piece, and peace.
I especially love this phrase: "salt licked waves"

Please tell Chelsea her work is gorgeous, and inspiring. I loved this visual prompt.


Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Such a lush piece--matches the artist's work so very well--

Peggy said...

What a talented daughter you have! I am thinking she is the same one who did one of the dolls you featured before. You must have a good relationship to work together like this! I enjoyed the richness of your poem as it reflects the picture.

Susan said...

During my research, I got the feeling that they are mother and daughter--so reading this poem, I let that help me see the two--salt water and fresh--meeting at the shores and deltas with their play and toil and sparkle and sway right in the rhythm of your lines. Beautiful! I like how you included the colors--and I had the cinnamon too!!

Maude Lynn said...

Beautiful image and beautiful work!

Fireblossom said...

Oh wow, that image of the saint is really something! Thanks for this challenge, it was just what I needed to kick start me a little bit.

Susie Clevenger said...

Such beauty in "Africa's life giving waters"

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Fireblossom about the image of the saint. It is, as you said, gorgeous, as are your poem and Chelsea's painting.
I didn't do any research before writing my poem, because it came to me immediately when I read "goddess of all the waters"! I see now from your link that "Oshun" doesn't rhyme with "ocean" at all, and that she is the river goddess. My father would have enjoyed reading about her.

Margaret said...

Hm. The way I say her name it rhymes with ocean. :). Sometimes letting it flow is great. And her full name if taken as one person also embodies the oceans. :)

Margaret said...

I'm the mother of six. In always glad to kick someone into gear :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is exquisite, Margaret. I love how you included both mother and daughter in the poem.

Scarlet said...

I was just reading about Human Canvas here in Toronto and what a coincidence to read about your daughter's work ~ This is indeed inspiring Margaret ~ I would have to read more and link up later ~

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Ginnie said...

Your poem is the perfect juxtaposition against the artistry of Chelsea. WOW.

Ella said...

Gorgeous Margaret!!! I love all that you shared-it felt like a life dance encompassing the bone of mother n' daughter~ Wondrous!

Chelsea's talent is amazing! I am longing to paint, again ;D

Jennifer Wagner said...

Chelsea's work is amazing!! What a talented girl! I haven't written to the challenge...I may yet, but I wanted to say how fantastic she is...proud mama no doubt! Your words are lovely here Margaret...I love the title too.