My most difficult child

One of the most welcome parts of my everyday is Robyn Gordon’s beautifully curated posts. Robyn is a South African artist with a gift for finding and combining images of art works and putting them together with text to create something truly exquisite and inspiring. So many wonderful artists I would never have known about have come to me through Robyn’s posts.

The other day I was intrigued by the text she selected and I clicked through to Michael Leunig’s post about how we as artists need to know how to lose the plot. Michael’s writing and art delighted me, and I wandered around his website until I found a prayer that made me feel seen in a way I rarely feel seen, and moved me so deeply I had to stop.

I’ve put a few of my own images with it.

God be with the mother.

As she carried her child may she carry her soul.

As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form
to her own higher truth.

As she nourished and protected her child,
may she nourish and protect her inner life
and her independence.

For her soul shall be her most painful birth,
her most difficult child
and the dearest sister to her other children.

Thank you, Michael Leunig.

And thank you to my partner and my sons, who have loved and witnessed me through the painful, joyous, messy process of birthing my soul.



14 Responses to “My most difficult child”

  1. Carol

    What an inspiring post. I shall reflect about the birth of my soul. whank you.

  2. Laurie Doctor

    I am still under the spell, here in the states, of the “time away” that occurs with Thanksgiving. What a lovely gift I have received this morning, reading your post. Thank you.

  3. Ramona Marie Scott

    Thank you, Leslie, for sharing this perspective on your personal and poignant Journey. And, as always, thank you for introducing wonderful artists such as Robin Gordon and Michael Leung. I am inspired and in awe of their work.
    Blessed Christmas season to you and Leslie

  4. Diane

    Oh this is so very beautiful, heartfelt, meaningful.
    Merry Christmas — if you celebrate it — and wishes to you and yours a most peaceful and heartwarming season as we prepare to open the door to 2021.

    • commatologist

      Merry Christmas, Diane! I wish the same to you and yours. I’m happy to have connected with you this year. Every warm wish, Leslie


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