A Journey Stone

NaPoWriMo 2020: Day 14

She emerges from darkness
that named her.
This woman resting against
wild cat that protects her.

When he speaks,
she listens. Leans
into his words, making
them her own.

Forming them into poems,
hoping that others
might choose
to listen.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/14/2020

Notes: Image is a Journey Stone made with Polymer Clay. I mixed the colors by forming the clay into small balls, then smoothed them out, carved words into each one, then baked them to hardness. I used them in my writing classes, as starting points for my students. This one has no word carved into it because I knew the moment I saw her, that she was Lilith. The so-called “rebellious” first wife of Adam. Her name literally means “from the darkness.” I occasionally did one day workshops, and the ones on Lilith were always the best attended.

The Journey Stones are small, no more than 2 1/2 to 3 inches across and easily fit into the palm of a hand. I had a shock today when I brought her up in this much larger format. Could finally see the big cat she is resting against and started laughing. My Personal Mythology was created when a huge tiger came to me in my early attempts at meditation. He remains at my side and has taught me so many things. Today I learned that I can still be surprised in delightful ways, and sometimes poems are hidden in much smaller things.

You can read the story about the tiger here: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/a-tiger-named-pain/

About 1sojournal

Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to A Journey Stone

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    That journey stone is a wonder – the colours and shapes. I can see her, and the big cat and I remember well A Tiger Called Pain on your journey. I love this poem and adore the stone. Wow.


  2. Marianne says:

    I wonder if the big cat is your muse or your protector? Or perhaps, both? I love the way your words flow in this piece. And the Journey Stone is spectacular! A beautiful addition!

    Both and more, Marianne. I think of him as the “Paraclete” that one who comes alongside to guide and to teach.



  3. Yes, this has a wonderful flow, Elizabeth.



  4. Irene says:

    I hear your personal mythology, Elizabeth.


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