The Sacred and the Profane

detail, monoprint


I may be the last person on earth to have seen the film BAD SANTA

But last night was my night to actually laugh A LOT in that rare, ugly and involuntary way;

The kind that hurts so good.

Now, this film, with Billy Bob Thornton is pretty much in the profane lane

Until you get to the end

Which is worth it.

I love to swear.

I find it extremely therapeutic

And a medicine I rely on

In these times of woe.

During the holidays in Santa Fe it is a challenge to meander down the sidewalk without getting slimed by someones’ family drama having escaped.

Emma looks askance at me when I swear

But I experience an immediate cleanse, physically and emptionally

And then can come back in to enjoy the holiday festivities.

My coarse exclamations are as bad a girl as I get

And so I enjoy them thoroughly when they appear unannounced.

My God.. I could be a heroin addict or thief

But I have settled in on unapologetic cursing.

I feel these exclamations must be brought forward with commitment.

No question mark at the end, boys and girls.

Say it and be done!

After such a clearing the nativity is fully populated and all the candles are there in the life-sized menorah on the plaza;

The lights are blessedly lit and my heart returns once again to an un-contracted state; open and primed to receive the gifts of the season.

Here we go—moving from darkness once again into the light.


6 Responses to “The Sacred and the Profane”

  1. Adele Rosen on December 22nd, 2017

    You are an amazing work of art
    And always astonishing to me
    Thank you

  2. Debra Moody on December 22nd, 2017

    Hell, yeah! Love you.

  3. Jenny on December 23rd, 2017

    I haven’t seen Bad Santa ! I must, will plan to get it ! Sounds great and I agree. Totally. There are moments when a punchy short unexpected word just cuts it. Says it all. And sometimes makes people laugh with surprise and sometimes as you say , just under your breath , helps you leave something behind. And somewhere in the midst of it all, the Sacred is there loving us into holiness. And all is well. Xx Jen

  4. Becky Patterson on December 23rd, 2017

    Once again,, you ARE light and it travels with
    You wherever you go even down crowded sidewalks filled with the unlovely. God can certainly stand cursing

  5. gerry harty on December 23rd, 2017

    love you curser-girl…Merry Christmas!!! xoxo

  6. Alexandra Eldridge on December 23rd, 2017

    YOu never let us down with your stories! Always coming up with a torch of light in your hands. Blessed you! xoxoxMuch love, A

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