IMAGE & POEM (DECEMBER 2007)

About On a cliff

In this poem, the woman's intent yet vulnerable look evokes the view of a woman who might be living in The Mid-east. Overshadowed not only by cultural conflicts but also the dogma of her strict, orthodox faith, she is someone who asserts her own will over life and tradition. She is a believer in compromise and the wisdom of nature when defining the land and tribal rights, when determining the welfare of individual safety and peace. She defies the ancient customs of her culture, the temple elders and questions everything around her with a beautiful and vibrant imagination. Ultimately, Leah is an appealing yet consistent person who believes the Spirit of God lies in the freedom of one's mind and the openness of the earth.
© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.