oh sadness! here today, gone today

oh sadness
Gouache & watercolor on paper, March 2010

Was feeling down a few days before my Cambodia trip last week–I wet my brush and this was what came out.

I took out Rilke’s Book of Hours–always a source of comfort–and felt the heaviness begin to dissipate.

Rilke, Book of Hours II,1

A few minutes after, this showed up on the page…

Where is the sunshine?

And then this…

Be earth now, and evensong2

What joy, to overturn sadness, when it must be overturned. 🙂

Rilke does it for me every time. I hope you also know your happy place, friends, and that you know the way there!


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