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Tears To Shed

Franciscan Prayer of Blessing: “May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer, so that we will reach out our hands to comfort them and change their pain to joy.” This prayer is taped on my laptop. It reminds me that being sad is okay especially when it is about seeing street …

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What I Can Say

To paint is a mysterious and individual act which could almost be self-sufficient due to the intimacy of the approach: painting is so personal and sensitive that no words can tell or explain a piece of work. Thus, it is difficult to speak about it, to expose it, to promote it… What I can say—and …

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Life’s Mutability

These fragile leaves, twigs, old letters, prescriptions, Bible pages and calendar sections speak of life’s mutability and preciousness. I stitch their vanishing beauty onto layers of salvaged and handmade papers in an effort to hold on to that which is essentially departing. Yet, I needn’t fear all the change and brokenness surrounding me, for God’s …

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Brown Sweater I wear you this morning another skin as I did almost every day in college now in my seventh decade reclaiming the threadbare inner self no one can see through you the perfect cover for the color blind you are an obscure bird flying south your shape distinctively unrecognizable your arms extend into …

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The Ancient Voice

I heard the ancient voice say, you are no stranger to me, for I knew you when you took your first breath. I knew you as a child, when you wobble walked across the floor, and finally ran for the sheer joy of knowing how to run. I saw you through your early fears and …

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Before The Dance

Image above (and on front-page mastheads) and words: Mariam Before The Dance by Danielle Bilen.