Bag of Mirrors

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The four walls are closing

on my circle

where the slippery walls

have pinned me to the air

breathing is a tunnel

to the surface

where coloured lights

are flashing red and white

across the shaking curtains

of my sky

the afterlife has got a sense of humour

he slipped a bag of mirrors

in my tea

Circles of light

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Photo by Dan Fraser

Quiet circles of light

in the colour of your eyes

flash open

seeking the edge of the dark river

there is a question on the other side

you assemble latent impossibilities

and take broken steps

away from the might have been

into the other side beyond the mirror

you stand in the light

you are the light

 

Works of HeArt Show

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ONE EARTH
This installation is composed of two parts:
Prayer flags featuring images of people from around the world.

A tree assembled from branches, on which are placed 220 pictures of people, animals, elements from nature, and objects of human accomplishment.
The objective of this work is to illustrate that people the world over share similar emotions, hopes and dreams. It is an invitation to reflect on our common humanity, on the oneness of life and all earthly phenomena, and on the need for humankind to live in harmony with nature and all living beings.

PART ONE – PRAYER FLAGS
Prayer flags have long been used to promote peace and compassion, by means of sacred texts printed on cloth. It is believed that, as the flags flutter in the wind, blessings are sent to all peoples.
The flags created for this installation were made using images from many countries, to draw attention to the similarities between people of various cultures. At first glance, we may focus on differences in physical appearance and clothing. However, as we look more closely, we see that all of the parents and grandparents hold their little ones with the same tenderness, and that the children smile and play in the same joyful way.

PART TWO – TREE OF LOVE
The pictures on the Tree of Love are framed within a heart shape, a universally recognized symbol of love. They are made of paper, ribbon and reclaimed materials. Their ephemeral quality reflects the vulnerability of the Earth and its inhabitants.
The many subjects represented show the multitude of things that touch the human heart, the great diversity and beauty in nature and in society, the commonality of human needs and aspirations, and the loving bonds between animals and their young.
Brilliant colours lift the spirits of the viewers, as their messages of hope and peace are sent out through the gently moving ribbons.
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It is my dream that this installation may inspire the creation of other expressions of peaceful intentions, in various forms, large or small, and that each one may serve to inspire more and more, until the sky is filled with messages of love.
May these manifestations of goodwill help to create community, with participants of all ages trusting that their kind wishes will be felt across vast expanses of land and sea, and that they will blossom and bear fruit, in the universal language of the heart.

Adrienne Bouchard Langlois 2018

The top half of the above image shows my wife’s installation.

Dan Fraser

Reaching out

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Photo by Dan Fraser

 

Pulling back and reaching out

connection of a different sort

if you read this or hear it out loud

I’m talking to you

I see your smile in Houston

or New Delhi

I feel your pain in England

or South Africa

a community

of minds hearts and souls

together and apart

pulling back from pretension

reaching out to what’s real and true

and all about love

 

I would like to give thanks to my wonderful creative wife who chose to include this poem in her installation One Earth currently on display at the Nanaimo Arts Council Works of HeArt exhibition. I will be posting more information with photos of the show tomorrow.

 

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Memory

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Photo by Dan Fraser

So many things forgotten

so much to remember

a tree across a stream

sunlight on yellow leaves

your name

faces come with names