Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Magpie Tales and Sunday Selections

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(originally brought to us by Kim, at Frogpondsrock
now continued by River, at Drifting through life)

"There's never an easy route to the things that matter." Our image from Tess for this week's Magpie brought "The Onion Girl" by Charles de Lint to mind.

It's Not What You Think You Saw
But What You Feel
They call it
Reflection Therapy.

At first a mere glance

then chanting, mirror, mirror
upon my bare back-

Will we ever once 
be able to perceive our
own hidden beauty?

Even roses have 
been known to burst through mud
and souls of concrete.

Bursting, with a thirsty revenge-
 through all the tangible and unchangeable cracks
 between yesterday and tomorrow.

No writing or visions on any wall
will ever be able
to define who we truly are.

It must be felt
and shared
and felt again.

From the Onion Girl:
"It is so easy for your people to forget that everything has a spirit,
 that all are equal.
That magic and mystery are a part of your lives,
not something to store away in a child's bedroom,
or to use as an escape from your lives."
Charles de Lint


Kathe W. said...

atta girl! I love this post! We truly forget to reflect!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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Truedessa said...

I guess it is all about perspective. Do we choose to see only certain aspects of ourselves?

Grace said...

I love your quotes and your response ~ Such an intriguing picture ~

Cloudia said...

You are a shaman!

Elephant's Child said...

An intriguing, positively mystical collection.

Geets said...

That was so philosophical Karen and true to the core!


Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Intense! This is the first Mag entry in a while--right?

eileeninmd said...

Always time for reflecting. Great quotes and post, Karen!
Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Jeanie said...

You want to talk about hidden beauty? Give Diane keaton's "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" a read. One of the loveliest passages about beauty I've ever read -- a re-definition. And your photos were the perfect illustrations.

darlin said...

I just had this conversation with a friend on the telephone this morning, being so busy people often don't make or take the time to self-evaluate or reflect, it's much easier to stuff things in a closet and tuck it safely away. The problem being is one day upon opening the closet doors there's going to be an avalanche and everything is going to come flying out of there. The magical and mystical is to be lived, explored and felt, not to store away in the bedroom closet. And now I think that I'll go clean the closet I've been putting off doing, literally! :-)

I love your post! Thank you.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

So glad to see you around again! What a delightful mind you have Karen I enjoyed this! It's so hard for us to see the hidden treasures in ourselves that others find. Have a good week! Big hug!

C. Sandlin said...

I really enjoyed this! Both the words and the images you shared worked perfectly together and gave me that same feeling I get when at a good museum exhibit, the kind that sinks in and changes your day.

Kutamun said...

Threading your way so eloquently along this precarious tightrope , and doing it so well !

EG CameraGirl said...

Inspirational post and I love the Charles de Lint quote.

Helen said...

I like this reflection therapy ~~~~

DEE DEE said...

Lovely take on this prompt. And super loved the quotes

Sandra said...


Tess Kincaid said...

lovely thoughts...

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I did not miss this...I am in tears...omg...

Carrie Van Horn said...

So much truth in your lovely and thoughtful piece Ksren!