Radiance at Last

Over at Absurd Old Bird, Val Erde has challenged readers to create something using her painting below as inspiration. Here is mine.

Val Erde


Churning mud strips
flesh and bone

Pulls down
Earthly trappings take hold

But oh!

Gradual clearing
the Lightness is Here

Touches and soothes
emanates from every pore

As colors shine and twirl
the Mosaic awakes and breathes

This thread, this pulse
to echo in our dreams

Rest, Dear One


28 thoughts on “Radiance at Last

  1. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)

    Wow! I love this. I love the painting. Now I feel the need to do something with this inspiration, but I’m not sure what yet. Time will tell.

    1. Isn’t her painting incredible? My inspiration came from an intensely peaceful meditation I had last week and the visions of color I saw swirling around were similar to Val’s painting.

      I have never attempted poetry before so it was fun.

    1. Thanks, Lenore. I loved yours and Lisa’s, too.
      Of course, now I look at what I wrote and wish I had changed a few things…like capitals and the ending. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I’m not a poet and I know it! 😉

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    1. Oh, now I love the feeling you described! Perfect! When I meditate I breath in light and tension is released and it is like a smile from inside and feels like a hug to me. Thanks, Tori for conveying that so well.

  3. Oooo. I like! Amazing painting. Fantastic prose to go with your meditation. I can feel you letting go of the muck and mud. When I am “in the zone” giving Reiki, I start to see colors (with my eyes closed or my vision very relaxed); usually purple.

    1. Sue, that is how meditation feels to me. I’m letting that grip of muck and mud that anchors me to my body drip away. When I let it go, I see that shining light and colors start to appear swirly and vivid in my mind’s eye. It is such an amazing feeling, almost like I am floating and not even in my body anymore. When I do Reiki it’s the same thing. A vibration, an energy hum, a constant pulse and colors. I always see bright almost fluorescent green mixed with deep violets.

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  5. Val

    Thanks you for joining in the challenge, Darla. You’ve written a good poem, don’t worry about not having written any before. 🙂 I love that you’ve used the stages of transformation in it, as this is something that’s very much in my mind a lot of the time and will (I hope) be the theme of my next post.

  6. Priya

    Beautiful, Darla.

    From “churning mud” to “rest”. Isn’t that what we all want?

    Don’t let this be your last! You’ve done a great, great job.

    1. I am happy you enjoyed it, Priya. I certainly want to try poetry again, it’s something I never even thought of doing before. Challenging to use few words to convey powerful concepts…less is more I guess!

  7. Beautiful poem, Darla. I saw and felt much of what you have penned by reading Val’s poem and viewing her digital painting. Clapping! I love the verse that begins “As colors shine and twirl”.

  8. Darla, you have stepped right out there! I like your poem a lot – the joyful busyness and a rush to rest. Good for us to step out of our comfort zones and see what we can do! 🙂

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