Love – Two hearts are intertwined, signifying eternal harmony and unity.
Wisdom – The intertwining represents working through, evaluating,
discerning and resolving — finding a pearl of wisdom in our center.
Release – Spiraling up and letting go, working through
and bringing to the surface things we need to release.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted
by Carol Ann Duffy
Far, we are near, meet in the rain
which falls here; gathered by light, air;
falls there where you are, I am; lips
to those drops now on yours, nearer …
absence the space we yearn in, clouds
drift, cluster, east to west, north, south;
your breath in them; they pour, baptise;
same sun burning through to harvest
rainfall on skin, there, far; my mouth
opening to spell your near name.
“We sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved.
You ever notice that trees do everything to get attention we do, except walk?”
“The Earth is green and beautiful, and Allah has appointed you his stewards over it. The whole earth has been created a place of worship, pure and clean. Whoever plants a tree and diligently looks after it until it matures and bears fruit is rewarded. If a Muslim plants a tree or sows a field and humans and beasts and birds eat from it, all of it is love on his part.” – Hadith
Seducing the formless into form
Had the charm to win my
Only a Perfect One
Who is always
Laughing at the word
Can make you know
From: ‘The Gift’
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
It Felt Love
Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
It felt the encouragement of light
We all remain
Yoruba Peoples Sculpture, Nigeria
Elaborately carved bowls such as this one were receptacles for the sixteen
palm nuts and other equipment used during the ifá divination oracle.
"Ife ( pronounced ee-feh) is today regarded as the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. It is rightly regarded as the birthplace of some of the highest achievements of African art and culture, combining technical accomplishment with strong aesthetic appeal. From the 12th to the 15th centuries, Ife flourished as a powerful, cosmopolitan and wealthy city-state in West Africa, in what is now modern Nigeria. It was an influential centre of trade connected to extensive local and long-distance trade networks which enabled the region to prosper."