Tree of Faith

Tree of Faith

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Please click on the first photo below to enlarge and read captions that explain the pieces.

For any of these creations, I could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Then crucified for the poem. This holy examination of self is not tolerated in some countries, or by certain factions of our own. This is what we are trying to guard against in a democracy, but its guarantee in our constitution is not, evidently, a given.  It must be fought for over and over again. That open eye of the Madonna was never more called for in our country.

This poem and these retablos are dedicated to   Ashraf  Fayadh.  Please click on the below link if you doubt the veracity of what I say above or if you want to see an example of why it is so important for us to continue to embrace diversity in thought , faith and culture:
https://thegadabouttown.com/2016/12/10/speak-out-for-ashraf-fayadh/

The prompt word today was “mystical.”

 

18 thoughts on “Tree of Faith

  1. hirundine608

    Very nice …. Saudi is very close to USA both politically and financially. The triangle is completed with another country, Israel. A place once created, supposedly to give shelter to an oppressed people. Now does it’s own oppressing. It seems Saudi is doing the same to the country of Yemen?
    Yup, nice poem! Cheers Jamie

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know. Seems as though many times the oppressed, given the power, become the oppressor. Probably primarily through fear, not realizing that was what their oppressors felt as well. Vicious cycle part of a larger wheel that does turn, eventually, to its opposite, but of what comfort if it turns too slowly toward the light?

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      1. hirundine608

        Remi, Went to bed last night with the Leonard Cohen phrase. Everything has a crack … that’s how the light gets in. Over and over like a mantra. Not really connected here. Still, could be, if one tries hard enough? Cheers Jamie.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I agree, and made that point at the end… and also to Mark, who has been fighting for years for the release of bloggers and poets and other writers imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But, another main point of my post was just what you state. The dangers of trying to homogenize and persecute for beliefs different from your own.. and ot to recognize that peaceful loving people all basically have the same beliefs no matter what name they put to the.

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  2. Allenda Moriarty

    Thank you for this tribute, Judy , and shedding your light. The link to the plight of the poet in Saudi Arabia was wrenching. I hope that other voices around the world will protest. Thank you for your eloquence.

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  3. Christine Goodnough

    In general I agree with what you’re saying. You write about the importance of embracing diversity. Yes, up to a point. However, embracing diversity has morphed into letting all lines of thought have free rein, and I can’t totally support that. To some extent that’s why North America is in the situation it is now: letting in those who feel it’s right to destroy us and giving them room to promote their thinking.

    I suppose this is the other side of the same coin from your statement, but it seems society needs to embrace respect for authority and the sacredness of human life. We need to respect the “free will” of every person — that no one should ever, through threat of torture of death, be forced to accept or renounce what they believe. Should they believe in destroying their opponents, they should be restrained from acting out that belief, but even then not mistreated or executed. “Love your enemies” but don’t give them the space to build an army.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know, Christine. I can see what you are saying..There are both blessings and dangers everywhere, both in citizens and refugees and migrants legal and illegal. Any platitude can be trivialized and spread too far. Love your enemies does not necessarily mean to give in to them.

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  4. Judy Reeves

    Amen! Judy and what a tree you created, both the words you used and shaping them into a tree of faith. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful retablos, too. In solidarity with all the poets and artists and journalists who cannot speak, let those of us who can, speak clearly, honestly, open-heartedly and often.

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  5. Mary Francis McNinch

    A compelling discussion. The writing and collages are provocative and beautiful. I’m halfway between standing tall and taking a knee which can really be uncomfortable. I try to respect other’s beliefs, but I fear zealots. This could be why most of what I write is from a child’s point of view. I am mature enough though to appreciate your incredible talent.

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