Mud Pies and Bones: Writing and Art

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Lucy Simpson

Lucy Simpson
Monument, Colorado, United States
December 20
The Cleaner
I am a published poet and exhibited artist living in the shadow of the small, but lovely Mount Herman, a part of the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. I raise children, tend gardens, cook, write, clean, sculpt, read.....................................................................................


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JUNE 11, 2012 11:34AM

Smaller World (photo essay)

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Toes of the Buddha

Even Buddha had toes that wriggled in grass and sand.  As a baby, he played with his toes.  As an old man, he bathed them in a stream.


Buddha Holds a Vase 

It's a small thing really like most of the worthwhile things in life.  


Buddha of Infinite Compassion 

I get more comfort from images of Buddha than I do from Christian symobols.  I was raised Catholic and images of Jesus' suffering always caused a great anxiety in me.  I'm not a Buddhist, since I can't stomach following a ritual.  When I look at images of Buddha, I feel comforted. There is not a helping hand to pull me up, there is a smile, that teaches me to relax and accept - that the moment is where I must be.


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Lucy, what beautiful images have you shared with us.I couldn't agree more although a Christian my self. I find in the images of Buddha sometimes a tranquility and a tenderness that I need. When I can afford it I try to buy Buddhas images and small statues..I do not know is the serenity I need, althrough Jesus is my sρiritual leader and in my heart.

But by reading what Buddha has taught sometimes I find advices that are so useful to my everyday living and thinking.

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. ""

""The mind is everything. What you think you become.''

Such a good and rated work..
I also feel a strange fear and anxiety at the same images of Jesus, Lucy. They may inspire some but like you, I find inspiration in more positive, uplifting images abundant in nature.

And moderation in all things. /R
Olga, what a lovely comment. I love the words of the New Testament, more than the later imagery. I find more inspiration in the parables and lessons of Jesus than in his death, which always seemed senseless to me, though I respect that his suffering for our sins is a major tenet of Christianity. I love the resurrection story of Magdalene at the tomb and the angel asking why she is weeping.

I love the Catholic rituals and tradition that I grew up with, I just am an exile, because I can't abide the politics.

I agree Fusun. I am thinking of the Madonna and Child images and the angel images. Something about angels tends to broadcast that we can rise above suffering, have a respite. I love the Madonna and Child paintings and sculptures, the one where we see baby joy in Jesus and mother-love in Mary.

Still nothing seems to console me like a Buddha.
Hey nilesite. Moderation is the hardest thing for me. When I feel joy, I take too big a bite out of life. I'm still learning moderation.
An excellent work,Lucy,both in imagery and thinking.Me too "I love the Catholic rituals and tradition that I grew up with, I just am an exile, because I can't abide the politics."
The only difference is that I am an Orthodox and although I find reason in what Jesus said his torturing and the injustice he was forced to live by humans is something I can not handle...

So rated!!!!Bravo...
I very much like the Buddha head, and your description of what it means to you. The side lighting beautifully delineates the lines of the face.
Thank you Stathi Stathi! So many of us are exiles from the church we grew up in.
Thank you so much Spike the Chicken. Love that Buddha!