|Edmonia Lewis 1844-1907|
African - Native American
Artist / Sculptor / Poet
|Tyehimba Jess - Poet / Teacher|
I love the idea that God is a mixed race women, hewn out of marble, each chisel strike defining a feature, an emotion, an understanding. I wish I would have known of this strong cool Hagar as a child. I may have seen myself as a strong survivor rather than an outcast, getting what I deserved for being a female. I have embraced this Hagar now. By some act of secular grace, I have found a proverbial cool water spring that assures my survival.
There are no words that can describe my cool water spring...I imagine if you have found a metaphorical spring that sustains you, you know that things such as this can only be described in the language of the soul, the feelings and actions that bring ecstatic connectedness with all that is sacred.
(I learned that an earlier draft of this post was accidently posted a few days ago. That page is no longer available. Sorry for any confusion.)