Stretching and Digging

this was commissioned by a truly lovely man, husband, father, friend for his equally lovely woman, wife, mother, friend. I was then given an assortment of words about this aforementioned woman from ripples of friends and family, including my own. I compiled a poem and then began to work at this piece.

the text reads:

do you know your goodness, dear woman?

it stretches into the sea

it digs deep into the earth

and returns, as always,

with steady kindness

this kindness inquires about

the belly, the breasts, the life,

the tears, the clenched fists,

and the patience needed to face all that

lives and dies

your vigor to be present

engenders beauty in your countenance

beckoning forth

desire and longing,

cooing the fretfulness that wanders

in all of us

do you know

do you

dear woman

Woman

do you know your goodness and beauty, dear woman?

they stretch into the sea

they dig deep into the earth

and return, as always,

with steady kindness

unto you

unto you

unto you

may the sea and earth rise up to meet you

unto you

unto you

unto you

She is one of those kinds of women with whom all should know. All would be better for it.

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