Friday, January 22, 2021

Words & Symbols

Words & symbols...something I've been focused on for some time now. As previously stated, I started this cloth years ago with a heartbeat and no idea of what was to follow. 

When I added ENOUGH, the cloth began to speak and along came two memorials, SAFE, hope, and more. Each word came to me quietly, on its own. I sat with them, pondered them. When the power was out recently, I fingered the words over and over.

In my head were tally marks. For weeks, as I listened to even more violence or deaths at the hands of protesters flooded the streets all across the country. as covid-19 infection rates sky-rocketed and death rates rose and rose and rose...and then as voters voted & voted & voted...and rioters invaded and people celebrated...I kept listening.

So, tally marks in the colors of our people, whatever color they may be...together.         

I intentionally used pure black and white, knowing full well that there is not one person of those skin colors, yet they seem to hold ideals and power, both good and bad.

Like the symbolic colors of black and white, there will always be holes & hope.
We just have to climb out of one and hang on tight to the other.

 And we will memorialize and remember those who left us, those who came before.
We will mourn and move forward.
We will live in love.
We will do our best.

~ ❤ ❤ ❤ ~

Words will continue to matter. We will continue to be careful with our words, apologize when necessary and rise up when called to do so. We will speak with power and poetry. 
We will comfort one another.

We will continue to build safe, remembering to include truth & trust.

Because it is all connected, in some way.
We are all connected.
And it is enough.

May you know...feel your connections, the love of others and the true thing that you are enough.

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021


Marti said...

This post, your words, your stitching, your tally cloth- it all is so moving, it all so matters. WE all matter and whether at times words move us forward, or actions, or hope, or simply, LOVE, we look into our hearts, we feel what we feel, we care and share, and above all, we respect and remember, AND we simply put one foot in front of the other, greet each day as best we can and most of all, we go on...

Liz A said...

I wondered about the tally marks when you posted them on Martin Luther King Day ... the symbols on your cloth are every bit as potent as the words, maybe more so

and I can't help but recall the poem President Biden so often references with the line "when hope and history rhyme"

last, I love the pulse of red leading in to and out of ENOUGH ... that too speaks volumes

Nancy said...

Marti~ Yes, so much matters and love holds it all. xo

Liz~ Oh, that is a good line. Can you tell me where it is from? (((hugs)))

Liz A said...

Hazel said...

The tally marks.... This cloth is filled with your deep heart and soul. Thank you for sharing.

Nancy said...

Liz~ Ah, thank you!

Hazel~ Thank you for being here, always arriving with love.

Saskia said...

yes we ARE connected xx

Nancy said...

Saskia~ We sure are! I feel it!

Deb G said...

A strong list of words....

Nancy said...

Deb~ Thanks Deb, yes, it is becoming to be so. I new word has begun.