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Deborah Guzzi


About Place Journal Volume III Issue II Voices of the Human Spirit aboutplacejournal.org
A Mother Drawn

 A Mother Drawn I saw Mary in Peru as pastel chalks skimmed over a gray concrete sidewalk, felting the surface, baby blues and pinks vibrated with naiveté. The artist knelt each stroke given in homage to the Mother of all. I see Mary. The Quechua see Pachamama, earth-time mother, the oval shape of her beatific head tilts as if she’s watching – when as the dragoness she rises, she shakes the ground. A son of Lima dressed the dreary gray day with earth stone. – Chalk forms Her breasts. He prays. – We are all children at the feet of the Mother; the celestial sun and moon were birthed from her loins. I saw Mary as he drew with diligence. I saw my mother and myself, let all who birth be praised.

Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’]. She writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her published poetry appears in: The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, haiku journal, Contemporary haibun, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, Existere: Journal of Arts and Literature, Canada, Cha: Asian Literary Review, China, and Tincture Journal, Australia, Leaves of Ink, UK, among many others in the USA. She has two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

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