Sunday 26 February 2012


I once read that when Michelangelo was asked how he carved such beautiful Angels, he replied,
'I see the Angel in the stone, and I chip away at everything around it.'

                                              Image from Mitra Images

can you see
anything sacred
in the depths
of me?

And if you can,
will you chip away
the darkness
my Soul?
For grief
has festered
into gangrenous heart
to forge an
inner black hole.

Only those hands
are deft enough
to carve from
this ugly form,
a thing of beauty
that could be me
if I weren't
so endlessly


  1. Replies
    1. Many thanks Windsmoke.
      I really appreciate that :)

  2. Michelangelo's remark is one that's been echoed by most of the great carvers in one way or another. Most speak of seeing a shape and liberating it. My dad used to carve golf club heads by hand. For him the head was in the grain. You just followed it.

  3. I do so admire those talented sculptors.
    My father carved the wooden handle of his knife while on active service in a war zone. He said it focused his mind and helped to relieve the stress.
    It reminds me of an African mask.
    I treasure it still :)

  4. Ygraine,
    this is so hauntingly beautiful! what a soulful plea ... so sad dear lady! hope this is not how you really feel?

  5. Thank you so very much, dear friend.
    It was an attempt to express how I've been feeling inside since the death of my daughter.
    Whatever words I used felt inadequate, so I decided to just leave it as it is.

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