by WENDELL BERRY
Several lines of Wendell Berry's poem spoke to me -
"Ask the questions that have no answers"
"Go with your love to the fields"
"... hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come."
They spoke of mystery and attentiveness;
patience and promise;
life, death and rebirth;
and an invitation to live my one and precious life fully.
I stitched two large circles to represent breasts
and a small circle within a large circle to represent a womb.
(I hear the faint chattering of songs that are to come)
I used a running stitch.
The entire figure is wrapped in spiraling ivy.
Ivy has many meanings.
It adheres to trees but is not a parasite.
It grows in the shape of a spiral -
which indicates consciousness, development,
(Ask the questions that have no answers)
Ivy is a symbol of vibrancy -
opportunity and friendship.
(Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade.
Rest your head in her lap)
Ivy has the ability to grow in harsh environments -
it is a determined survivor.