English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on 6th March, 1806 (210 years ago today). She was mother of a boy called Robert and nicknamed Pen (!)
‘How I love thee? Let me count the ways…’
Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet, Michelangelo Buonarotti was born on 6th March, 1475. Here is a poetical piece by him, in sculptural terms giving birth to a beautiful figure of Carrara marble. Listen to him explain it, my lady…
‘My lady it’s the taking
away that gives the marble grace
and bares the figure’s face
to grow beneath the flaking.
And like the figure I’m encased:
so hard the rough excess
of carnal appetite,
which closes me from light,
that straining is no use.
But lady you can carve distress
away and sculpt me lose.’
Carve away all stresses and strains and enjoy a peaceful day of mother’s love this Mother’s Day; long wonderful hours, united under an umbrella of happiness.
No phones at the table, focus on the here and now; the happening not the must-have need of a small piece of matter (iPad, mobile phone etc) allowing you to exist in a mammoth technological space.
The only world you need today is the mothering one.
A bigger and greater world is made in sharing time and being together.
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No mothers were harmed or alarmed in the taking of this ‘shop window’ photo.