Every day I receive a poem and a piece of art from a site on Yahoo Groups, called Panhala. Today’s poem, by Rainer Maria Rilke, inspired the digital art I created: Life and Light After The Machine.
There is so much more to life than subservience to machines, bureaucracy, red tape and worship of the almighty dollar. The foundation of this painting is the darkness of blind living, the light at centre the brightness that shines through when we re-connect with our authentic selves, and the blossoming when we reclaim our inner light and shine it. If you look carefully, there’s a bee feeding on a flower in the mid-left – redolent of the sweetness in our lives when we nurture ourselves and our true path in life.
Sonnets to Orpheus, Part Two, X – Rainer Maria Rilke
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The Machine endangers all we have made.
We allow it to rule instead of obey.
To build a house, cut the stone sharp and fast:
the carver’s hand takes too long to feel its way.
The Machine never hesitates, or we might escape
and its factories subside into silence.
It thinks it’s alive and does everything better.
With equal resolve it creates and destroys.
But life holds mystery for us yet. In a hundred places
we can still sense the source: a play of pure powers
that – when you feel it – brings you to your knees.
There are yet words that come near the unsayable,
and, from crumbling stones, a new music
to make a sacred dwelling in a place we cannot own.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(In Praise of Mortality, trans. A. Barrows and J. Macy)