memo from a madonna

Our Lady of Grace - c. 1470 Languedoc

She looks one way
He looks the other –
don’t tell me her far-seeing heart’s not
breaking

and yet

this is her memo to me:

if you can’t trust
that every sentient soul
is moving
– by Divine default –
along their unique lifeline
towards reclamation of all they
agreed to forget

namely
their unborn, changeless, true nature
(aka God)

how can you trust your own
crazy convoluted life-path?

and with that trust intact
how can you speak of tragedy
and evil and every form of
unspeakable suffering
without drowning
in
all-encompassing
compassion?

~

Image:  Our Lady of Grace (Notre Dame de Grasse) c. 1470.
Languedoc 112 x 75 x 38 cm.
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

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7 thoughts on “memo from a madonna

    • D – sometimes it’s hard to find words to express one’s deeply felt response to the brutality of the world.

      By some kind of Grace (!) this postcard, kept from travels in France decades ago, elicited what I needed to say – and to hear.

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