Posts Tagged ‘hope’

It’s stubborn, hope.  Like relentless drops of water sliding down the glassy chambers of my heart, looking for a place to pool and soak into my bloodstream.  In the seemingly dead times of life – because, let’s face it, no matter how much you love your day-to-day, there are dead times – I’m thankful for this promise that refuses to give up within me.  The promise of redemption, of new life to come.  As Andy writes to Red in The Shawshank Redemption, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.  And no good thing ever dies.”  Even when it is missing-in-action, lying dormant, hope is still there ready to awaken.

This is the movement inspired by these thoughts, danced bravely by Marissa Maislen in a narrow space by my friends’ front door.


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To awaken to a colorful dream come true – the freedom to fly, heart spinning with joy, bravery in every breath, no more restraint, diving through water rich & clear and yet full of bright floating wheels to guide.  This is what I imagine fills the dreams of a caged blackbird.

On my fridge hangs a postcard of the exquisite painting, created by my friend Faith Sills, which inspired this vivid image in me.  It’s called Awakening, and can be viewed on her Etsy shop by clicking here.  This painting has served as a picture of hope to me these past 3-4 months while I suffered imprisonment in my own body because of intense nausea from pregnancy. 

But like my image of a caged bird dreaming, the impulse to dream was still alive in me too.  This little dance is my moving painting, my expression of this blackbird’s dream.  It is danced beautifully by Elinor Harrison Evans.  Enjoy!

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