Monday, April 13, 2009

SoulCollage - Committee Group Complete

The Linguist. I am the one tasting the air currents around you, who identifies the necessary voices & spices amid the din and dust. I am the one who translates & edifies your internal comprehension of sensory, tactile, & verbal vocabulary and enables your quick fluency of intellect, insight, and intuition. The Man Whisperer. I am the one embedded in your left brain: linear, practical, and incisive. I am the beacon drawing forward the wounds of the men you know or meet, the backboard and sounding board receiving their confessions and confusions, and returning bluntly-formed responses in the to-the-point dialect to which they relate. I am the reason you so often find yourself in the position of The Listener, hearing what others don't hear, with the expectation that you'll provide answers. Passport. I am the one who seeks then delivers to you the world & beyond, via books, movies, music, travel, and your dreams. I am the nomad feeding your wanderlust. I am your insatiable curiosity. [Note: inside the glassine envelope is a passport, which already contains ephemera from the travels overseas I've already made.] Permission Slip. I am the one cataloguing your internalized voices, memorizing and categorizing, paralyzed from action by my need to please others. In that way, I strangle your unique voice with fear, indecision, and passivity. The Courtesan. I am the one who says YES to your passions: cerebral, emotional, physical & creative. I am the seducer of color & dimension from all life's sources, the one channeling them to and through your pulse. I am the one who knows how stunning & many are your talents and dreams, and who courts whatever you need to effect them. I am you, irresistibly. The Loner. I am the one strong & soaring within you, your deepest unselfconscious 'alone', your wholly absorbed inward-focused eye. I rise up within to meet you when you are by yourself, & together we become your maximum realization. I am your winged but rooted absolute core, and the reason you have always embraced solitude.

These last few have been more slippery than the initial ones -- they're less familiar, precisely, to me, and each card took a LONG time to formulate because the images didn't resound so deeply. I really struggled with The Linguist, but I realize NOW it's because I had a limited view of her as just the one gifted with spoken languages, and she's infinitely richer than that. So I DID have to back off my own expectations and preconceptions to allow these others to introduce their particulars and nuances.

8 comments:

Alison said...

Did you know when you started out that you had such talents as a writer? Your words and pictures are especially great in this entry. :-)

beth said...

geez...I'm so in love with these !!!...I'm going to come visit so we can play together, okay ?

soulbrush said...

very rich images, i can see how they might have been quite difficult, as they are intricate concepts. much deeper than i have gone yet. somehow i dried up after that last effort i made. but am all ready and full of enrgy for this week's new chapter...

Lizbethem said...

What a super combination of writing and art! They speak to us all. Brava!

carla said...

Your Committee is very inspiring! There are so many facets to who you are, and you express them with such beautiful imagery and language. Thank you again for sharing yourself!

Holly said...

To my eye, The Loner is particularly beautiful. Wonderful. Truly. And, I agree with Alison...you do have a gift for the verbal art as well...

Samantha said...

Wow, Toni, you're hard work on this has really born some wonderful fruit.
Which ones were hardest to bring into life? Which ones really dug up the dirt from your psyche?

isay said...

Really great post. the images are beautiful and your words really cool!