Silence speaks through the sheerness of the heart that opens softly to spill a jewel of light.
This is all I have to give. It is enough. For if I listen to the gem-light, the fire, there is speech.
Sap drips and flows forth like lifeblood, and a lifeline of oviriditas*—the green heart of things.
An opening. Through the doorway and into the tree, wood-scented and umber light …
|Self: Silence Speaks, May 2017, felt tip pen and acrylic on card|
* … ‘Oviriditas’ meaning greenness or verdure—a term coined by Hildegard of Bingen, the twelfth century German mystic, to name “the greening power of the universe”. (Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, iUniverse: Lincoln, NE, 2005, p. 62)
Note: the word should in fact be viriditas, dropping the ‘o’; I don’t know why my source says oviriditas, whether this is deliberate, or an error, but it is what I was thinking of at the time I wrote the above piece (13 July 2017).