Monday, March 23, 2009

A bigger picture...

Here's the full version of the sculpture I pictured below - it's called the Mud Maid. I think it's so beautiful because she's at one with nature and her appearance changes with the seasons. Her hair is grass and she's clad in plants, so she has more or less of this depending on the season and she's weathered so she could have been there for eternity. I'm sure she could inspire some more verse...

8 comments:

  1. What a fascinating concept - an Earth Mother actually of the earth. Where does she live? This world or beyond?...

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  2. Well this statue is in Cornwall (the Gardens of Heligan). I'm not sure of the origins, but I'll look it up sometime and post it (if I ever have time).

    Actually the "earth mother" in the poem below started off as a symbol, of a woman who feels like she is nothing without being a mother, rather than as Mother Earth herself. It was supposed to make it all the more tragic that she didn't have her baby. I wrote it from the remains of many aborted poems which I'd scribbled the night I found that for yet another month I didn't have a baby of my own. Some kind of therapy to get something meaningful from the circumstances I suppose.

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  3. I want her on my front lawn. Where can I get one?

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  4. Blimey - they could make a small fortune couldn't they if they sold them?

    This lady has a lot more about them on her blog I notice:

    http://rurality.blogspot.com/2008/02/of-mud-men-and-moss-maids.html

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  5. I saw your comment about not being able to have a baby. My wife and I went through that for a time, and now we have three kids. I also had a friend who spent two years doing different experiments until they finally gave up...and wouldn't you know it, they had a baby. I hope you find similar joy.

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  6. "doing different experiments" Sounds a bit mind-bloggling. We're pursuing some options as they say! People say stop trying and you succeed - I'm sure that it's usually the trying that applauded in most other areas of life - the irony that it's the single most important thing for the continuance of life and you've just got to let it happen. I never just let things happen - there's always a plan somewhere! Oh well. Thanks for the advice anyway it's much appreciated :-)

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  7. You are so very right!!!! She is so very beautiful . . . Thank you again for stopping by...I left a second comment under your previous post!

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