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.