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Friday, March 8, 2013

Real Toads interpretation: Yemaya Oshun

Artist, Chelsea Bednar
Photo, Margaret Bednar
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goddess of all waters, 
Yemaya Oshun!
rivers, oceans,
lakes and streams—
many dreams
the fishers dream there:
dream of you
and bounty flows—
fish to feed
Africa’s families,
fish to feed
Africa’s dreams.

ponds for frogs,
wetlands for toads,
goddess of all waters—
your bounty
gives us hope,
gives us health,
so take our dreams—
mayhap one day
you'll give us
prosperity,
and Peace.

At the Imaginary Garden with Real Roads today, Margaret's Artistic Interpretations challenge features a photo of her daughter Chelsea's body painting. The subject of the painting is the African goddess Yemaya Oshun.
Margaret assures us we can look forward to more of Chelsea's work in future challenges.


11 comments:

Margaret said...

Feeding families, feeding dreams. Both are so important.

De said...

I was drawn to the double meaning in "feed," also. Beautiful. Loved your toads reference, too. :)

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Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

One can hope that peace flows from the goddess--beautiful write

Susan said...

I share the hopes of this poem and love its bounding enthusiasm for the waters. Bravo!

Peggy said...

Prosperity and peace--wonderful gifts indeed. I like what you did with this prompt's inspiration.

Mama Zen said...

I really like the approach that you took to the picture, Kay!

Fireblossom said...

Ahh, you got toads in there! :-)

Susie Clevenger said...

I too love feeding families, feeding dreams...may it continue...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I like the way your poem incorporates all waters, and links the origins of the myth with all ponds and streams and seas and oceans, worldwide.

Heaven said...

This is beautiful Kay ~ I specially like the fish to feed Africa's dreams ~

Someday,hopefully, peace and bounty will come ~

Happy Sunday ~

Ella said...

I love the hope and offerings of your blue creation ;D