Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Coming Home

Fly Above (Stacy Wills, 2013)
3" x 4 1/2" alcohol inks on yupo

I am returning home
after being away...
I am met 
exquisite silence.

The wrinkles of 
brain and brow
begin to smooth...
by the comforting hand
of the familiar.

Breath prayers
rise and fall...
i n h a l e
e x h a l e.

Birds, old friends,
come to call.
How long has it been?
How long?

O blessed communion
of I and thou...
the sweetest homecoming
of all.

-Stacy Wills (2/27/2013)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A New Life Takes Hold

Desire to Bring Forth New Life (Stacy Wills, 2013)
Alcohol inks on yupo, digitally altered.

"Therefore a person contains both the likeness of heaven and earth in himself or herself...A person has a head in which there is clarity, inspiration, and reason - just as the sky contains light-giving things, air and winged creatures.  A person also has the means to bring forth new life and the desire to do so - just as the earth has the means to bring forth greenness, fruitfulness, and animals." --Scivias II.1.2

-Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179)

The creative urge
never goes away.
meet Means.
meet Desire.
A moment of clarity
in a midlife womb;
between crisis and chaos -
a new life takes hold.

-Stacy Wills (2/23/13)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Her Womb Grew Fruit

Her Womb Grew Fruit (Stacy Wills, 2013)
Alcohol inks on pear shaped river rock, set atop
 background of alcohol inks on yupo.

Her Womb Grew Fruit is a creative response to this text for lectio divina* (Latin for "divine reading") during Week 1 of Creative Flourishing in the Heart of the Desert:  An Online Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen through Abbey of the Arts.  

In you have flourished the beautiful flower
whose fragrance was given to all who thirsted.
And thus all appeared in complete greenness.

From heaven, dew spread over the grass
and the whole earth delighted,
because her womb grew fruit
and because the birds of the skies nested in her.

-Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179)
from O Viridissima Virga

O Viridisimma Virga

For a unique audio/visual experience, begin listening to O Viridissima Virga, then click on Her Womb Grew Fruit to enlarge the image...engage your imagination...and see what arises.

*If you would like to learn more about the practice of lectio divina, an on-demand online course is available here through Abbey of the Arts.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

See the Flowers

The Dreaming Garden (Stacy Wills, 2013)
9" x 12" alcohol inks on yupo

See the flowers, so faithful to Earth.
We know their fate because we share it.
Were they to grieve for their wilting,
that grief would be ours to feel.

There's a lightness in things.  Only we move forever burdened,
pressing ourselves into everything, obsessed by weight.
How strange and devouring our ways must seem
to those for whom life is enough.

If you could enter their dreaming and dream with them deeply,
you would come back different to a different day,
moving so easily from that common depth.

Or maybe just stay there:  they would bloom and welcome you,
all those brothers and sisters tossing in the meadows,
and you would be one of them.

-Rainer Maria Rilke  (1875-1926)
Sonnets to Orpheus II, 14