Saturday, 16 January 2010

Illustration Friday - "Wilderness"

Funnily enough, I found an old drawing of mine that has a similar name with this week's theme...

It's called "The Wilderness".

This was drawn almost twelve years ago after I read a book on the life of Jesus. Now I'm not a Christian but I do feel a lot of empathy for what Jesus went through, especially forty days and nights in the desert. Such emotional battles he would have to fight alone to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

That big guy is the Demon he has to fight, and he's quite an opponent for Jesus. The poem is really inspiring and I shall type it here in case my writing is illegible.

The Wilderness

Up from the Jordan straight His way He took
To that lone wilderness, where rocks are hurled
And strewn, and piled - as if the ancient world
In strong convulsions seethed and writhed and shook,
Which heaved the valleys up, and sunk each brook,
And flung the molten rock like ribbons curled
In midst of gray the mountains swirled: - 
A grim land, of a fierce, forbidding look.
The wild beasts haunt its barren stony heights,
And wilder visions came to tempt Him there;
For forty days and forty weary nights,
Alone He faced His mortal self and sin
Chaos without, and chaos reigned within,
Subdued and conquered with the might of prayer.

Caroline Hazard, 1856 - 1945

P.S. Incidentally "Jorden" is the Norwegian word for Earth... to me it almost meant he left Earth to a spiritual realm to fight his demons and beasts.

:) pixy

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic work, excellent interpretation of the theme of the week!
    Would be happy to invite you to visit my site

    If you have time you can also see my idea on the theme of the week

    Thank you and greetings

    Rui Sousa


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