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Re: artsednet digest: September 11, 2001

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Sonoftiel_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 09:51:35 PDT


Hello everyone - I don't know if this is a repeat - think I hit the wrong
button and my message disappeared. Am trying again!

    My name is Pam and I have taught high school art at a school for learning
disabilities for many years in Maryland. These years' experience have seemed
of small consolation when confronted with the evils of yesterdays'
distruction and taking of life.
    It has helped to read your reactions, especially the references to
prayer. I would like to contribute a prayer that I found in a recent book
entitled, "Prayers for a Thousand Years", subtitled "Blessings and
Expressions of Hope for the New Millenium". It spoke to my artists' heart
and I thought that in addition to giving comfort with the beautiful imagery
and thoughts, it might generate some ideas for use of poetry with art.
Fittingly, it was written by an author from New York, Diane Ackerman. Here
goes:

        In the name of the daybreak
        and the eyelids of morning
        and the wayfaring moon
        and the night when it departs,

        I swear I will not dishonor
        my soul with hatred,
        but offer myself humbly
        as a guardian of nature,
        as a healer of misery,
        as a messanger of wonder,
        as an architect of peace.

        In the name of the sun and its mirrors
        and the day that embraces it
        and the cloud veils drawn over it
        and the uttermost night
        and the male and the female
        and the plants bursting with seed
        and the crowning seasons
        of the firefly and the apple,

        I will honor all life -
        wherever and in whatever form
        it may dwell --on Earth my home,
        and in the mansions of the stars.

        The affirmation of life is an antidote to death - and the art
expressions we can allow our students to create will help them. Anyone know
of any good lessons for Trees of Life? Thank you, everyone, for your
presence. - Peace.

        

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