“Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.”
–Rainer Maria Rilke, “Sonnets to Orpheus”
I am taking a beginning screenprinting class at a local community college. Our first project was to make a paper stencil screen print using 2 colors. When I had to come up with several concepts I had a difficult time. So finally, I just randomly cut some paper in wiggly shapes. When I saw the shapes, I thought of the previous Sunday’s gospel reading with St. John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness to repent, as the kingdom of God is close at hand. The shapes looked to me like a plant who had been growing downwards for awhile, but turned around and headed upwards.
Repent > turn around > turn round right > give your life back to God > reunite.
Out of the suffering (the cross, the mud) comes insight to follow a different course of action to avoid repeating the same suffering, new growth, new life.