The Sunday Muse 146 — Mother’s Emissary


“Natural Woman” Digital Collage Art “Covid Creations” by Susie Clevenger

Coy on a textured background
she stands out in earthed muslin.
Tansy & wild lily’s fragrant lips part
as feathered fans swarm to her.
Songs as constellations twirl
warm breeze in her tresses.
Like Jesus before her, she’s
Mother’s emissary, as he was
conscripted to be his Father’s.
Unlike him, will she be able
to make us see?

 

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse‘ ekphrastic challenge using some most excellent digital collage artwork by Susie Clevenger.

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Portofino says:

    You truly caught the essence of the image; went ekphrastic with it. And then into the metaphysical/spiritual realm. Do you think the stars are worthy of reading…see what’s what? Great writing, Jade!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Charley. I only know what I can guess from the stars, which is close at best, like the finger pointing at the moon 😉

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      1. Carrie V. H. says:

        Captivating and gorgeous poetry from the title to the last lovely question. Thank you so much for joining us for the Muse!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Carrie!

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  2. Lovely poem and art as well very evocative. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, JP. I usually don’t write to this prompt but when I saw the image I couldn’t help it.

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  3. qbit says:

    I certainly hope she succeeds!

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  4. Helen Dehner says:

    Mother’s Emissary is an amazing title and sets a lovely stage for the poetry that follows. I sense the answer to your question is yes.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Helen!

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  5. memadtwo says:

    Let’s hope her island flows out into the world and multiplies. (K)

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  6. wyndolynne says:

    A poem to bring new highlights up and questions.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  7. Alexander De says:

    When I first saw the artwork I was captured by the green, textured background. Love that you wove that into your excellent poem. The analogy of this is brilliant. ~Zander

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Zander, many thanks. It was the first thing I noticed. I do collage and have big books of textured paper and it looked familiar.

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  8. Lisa,

    Thanks for introducing me to Susie Clevenger – that’s really lovely artwork!

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome. I follow one of the poets who submitted to this week’s Sunday Muse and saw it that way. Digital collage looks fun and fascinating doesn’t it.

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  9. Sherry Marr says:

    I especially love “songs as constellations twirl.” Wonderful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Sherry.

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  10. Gillena Cox says:

    A lot to ponder in your poem

    Happy Sunday

    Much💗love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your comment, Gillena.

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  11. Truedessa says:

    I am fascinated that her outfit caught your attention. When, I first saw it I was wondering how I could weave in those tones against the green background. A lot
    of good lines in this one 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Why thank you 🙂

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  12. Jim says:

    A fine tribute to Mothers and Daughters.. I am wondering, “she’s Mother’s emissary” where “Mother” here would be Mother Nature??
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jim. Mother Gaia, our planet as a living organism.

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  13. Beverly Crawford says:

    What an intriguing write! Leaves the reader with much to think about..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Beverly.

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  14. Alex says:

    Wow, that ending is thought provoking.

    I especially like the opening lines:

    “Coy on a textured background
    she stands out in earthed muslin.
    Tansy & wild lily’s fragrant lips part
    as feathered fans swarm to her.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Alex.

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  15. Susie Clevenger says:

    A beautiful title flowing into exquisite poetry. Thank you so much for seeing and hearing poetry in my art.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, and you are welcome, Susie.

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  16. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, beautiful, evocative image: it would be difficult NOT to be inspired by it. I love it. “Songs as constellations….”
    Mmmm…..delicious words…….
    And your first commenter taught me a new word today: ekphrastic.
    Whaaaaaat? Never saw that word before in my life, lol !!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks on your kind words, Stacey 🙂 Ekphrastic is a form where the story/poem is based on an image. Why they named it that and not “image-inspired” is a mystery!

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