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Asking the Queen after a Valentine’s Verdict

queen nefertiti copy.jpg blog 2014

Beautiful queen
Talk to us today
When we pray for the sun
To enter our sadness
Revealing the light.

Why do another mother and father lose a son
At the inebriated hateful hand of a creature
Called a man?

What secrets do you hold, wondrous beauty?
Will you share with us some glimpse of compassion to consider
This cloudy morning, oh queen.

Tell us of your king
And his vibrant knowledge,
Your conversations, your walks together, and your elegance.
Do you have a potion to soothe the angry seas
Of our devastated souls?

Discussion: I chose to use one of Dad’s paintings of Queen Nefertiti for this post. I miss being able to talk with him about psychology and current events. I was going to do a Valentine’s post but it was displaced by the recent verdict in Florida trial.  Jesse and I discussed our horror and sadness that an unarmed youth, Jordan Russell Davis, was killed by a drunken angry man. The verdict, and now a mistrial, do not allow for any “closure,” so to speak,  in this disturbing story that comes right after Valentine’s Day during Black History Month in the US.

So many are alarmed at the increasing violence throughout the world. I think of how Jordan’s parents and family must feel right now.

Journal prompt: Write about how you sublimate feelings or reactions to things. Do you have any thoughts about current events and jury trials, if you follow them? Do you have any favorite icons that represent beauty and justice, either past or present? What would you ask an historical person if you could talk with her/him right now?

Copyright © 2014 by Susan E. Rowland
Painting (study) by Vernon Rowland (1922-2006)


I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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