Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The fear, the doubt, 'tis not your soul...

what be these lessons at hand
what is it that lies at heart's command
what TRUTH be masked by deception's call
what beckons from the spirit of ALL
what shadows upon light yet prevail
what is this din that echoes travail
the fear, the doubt, 'tis not your soul true
'tis but illusion cast upon you
deceit's binding cloak now to be ever shed
from TRUTH within soul let thee be led
beauty expressed in blessed word and artful deed
 YOU the light and power of TRUTH in living creed.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Written for an artist

Drapery study with pen and ink, The Erythraean Sibyl 1508-1509, Cappella Sistina Vatican,
 Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564.


  1. Rosemarie,
    Oh my - these words, this image are powerful, penetrating, challenging and on such higher ground of risen spirit and hidden in deep shadows all at the same time. I am called in to explore as I look behind veils covering my beautiful Mom's face, and in her eyes I see a distance that goges to places I cannot reach - her body is broken and somehow she moves and talks in rhyme some times, confusion and still clarity and humor and truth. Her faith shines from behind the veil and cast a light and a shadow all around her - I am in a magical kingdom of here and there whenever I am with her - I am learning how to "be" there with her - forever loving.
    Love Gail

  2. Dearest Gail,

    So many metaphors come to heart when thinking about our life and the changes from infancy to adulthood to senior years. Soulful prayers are with your Mom, and all the days she is here to share her very BEING. Yes, a 'magical kingdom' where love is the crowning jewel.

    In friendship,

    Rose Marie

  3. so beautiful Rose Marie!

  4. Theanne, Thank You... words inspired by a need to embrace an artist with words of Faith, for his ultimate Truth is to be fully known. Much love...