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More on "old Mums"...The Bridge of Pearls ~ by jan-u-wine....

Posted on 2006.06.30 at 20:35
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~ ‘Mother and Child’, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 19th century, detail.

After I posted my announcement and thoughts on "my old Mum,” I got a letter from e-friend and poet, jan-u-wine, whose work I have posted several times when she has written things inspired by Frodo Art Travesty manips. It turns out that the black-and-white photograph I had posted of me and my mother (petting the little dog), reminded her of a poem she had written about her own mother. She wrote it after her mother had died, inspired by an old black-and-white snapshot of her and her mother, when she was a baby.

Jan-u-wine’s poem speaks beautifully to many things we said, talking about our relationships with our mothers, in the comments section after that post.

I realise I am about to leave, but I really wanted to post this poem right away, because it caught the flavour of what many of you said so feelingly and eloquently in your comments.

As a note, Jan-u-wine found this lovely painting of a mother and child by Bouguereau. I had told her I wanted to find a painting to illustrate the post, preferable a mother wearing pearls. "The woman IS wearing a necklace," she said wryly, "though not of pearls"....

The Bridge of Pearls

by jan-u-wine

A picture
of she and me:


gleam about her neck.

I don't remember.

I was too small to remember.

She looked happy though,
and I

all unfocused-eyes-sappy,
as only babies do.

I hold the necklace in both hands,

and closure....


in between,

a bridge of beads....

as if the moon and planets

were held tight in the interval
betwixt left

and right.

And I think on pearls, and the sea,

and the moon


the nature of bridges.

And I think on how


is like the sea,

roaring and foaming and sliding with
joyous abandon upon the shore

and tiptoeing with a whisper
as it departs.

And I think how we
are like pearls,

sand from the fingers of God
held in the shell of His fragile earth,

tumbled and turned by the winds and currents of life.

And I think on the bridge,

the bridge between




with hope inside it,
presses me close,

and the world becomes smaller,


A picture:

she and me.

And a necklace, strung like moon-pearls against her

It lies, incomplete, now, in my hand.

I broke it,

watched in silence as the pearls fell and rolled

beneath sundry furniture.

What does it matter,
after all,

what is one necklace, one pearl,



in the great wideness
of the world?

And still,
I bow my head

and do not know how to go on without that one pearl.

~ Full view of Bourguereau's ‘Mother and Child’....

~ Jan-u-wine's Lord of the Rings-based poetry is here.

~ Previous post on “Old Mums” here.

Further note: Since I am leaving tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m., I may not be able to speak to any comments for a while. But do leave comments if you are moved to do so; I will be sending the link to jan-u-wine.

~ Mechtild


maewyn_2 at 2006-07-01 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful poem, and a beautiful picture to go with it.

Time passes and can never be reclaimed. And it keeps on rushing by!
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
Don't we know it!? (about time passing). (Yep, I finally got back and am beginning to go through the mail.)
maewyn_2 at 2006-07-14 11:51 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're back safely. I hope your Mum was well.
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-07-01 09:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh that is so beautiful and sad. *hugs you and jan-u-wine*

Have a good, safe trip. I wish I had something as profound and beautiful to say about this post and your last one, but they left me at a loss for words. Enjoy your time with your mum. *hugs*
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
Starlit, I am back and just beginning to go through the mail. What a lovely thing to say! And your icon photo is beautifully chosen.
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-07-13 06:34 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back! You were missed *hugs* I hope you had a nice visit with your mum, it must have been good to see her again.
julchen11 at 2006-07-01 09:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you dear for this wonderful picture and this gorgeous poem. jan-u-wine is a wonderful writer. I'm deeply moved.
Have a wonderful time love, see you on July 12th.
In the meantime I'll stroll through your archives

*hugs you tight*
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Julchen, I have returned. It'll take a few days to get through the mail, though. My plan of keeping up with things at the library's internet computers did not work out - too much to do during the day.

I hope jan-u-wine sees your comments. I will have to check and make sure she looks. :)
julchen11 at 2006-07-13 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
Hello sweetie, welcome back!!! I hope you had a wonderful time
taerie at 2006-07-01 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
Now THAT made me cry. Your journal is going to short out my keyboard one day.
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie! Your icon! Is that you???? I love it!

Yes, I have returned this afternoon. I have a ton of mail and hope to get to people's LJ's by tomorrow. But I just had to swoon for your icon. Loved your comment, too. *sniffle*
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-04 10:28 (UTC) (Link)
And I think how we
are like pearls,

sand from the fingers of God
held in the shell of His fragile earth,

tumbled and turned by the winds and currents of life.

This is so touching.
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
It really was a gorgeous poem, wasn't it? I hope jan-u-wine publishes one day. Her poetry really speaks to me, even when it's not about Frodo! (*gasp*)
whiteling at 2006-07-06 08:46 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is SO beautiful and moving! Thank you, Mechtild and jan-u-wine.

The necklace is broken.... I'd like to send this lady to jan-u-wine. Surely, she'll mend it.

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Philipp Rumpf (1821-1886), "Woman with pearl necklace"
mechtild at 2006-07-13 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Whiteling! Thanks for the appreciative comment. *smooch* (I have returned and am going through the messages.)

That is a FANTASTIC painting! (Saves immediately.) I must show this to Jan-u-wine! Thanks, too, for identifying the painting fully. I soooo appreciate that.
lily_the_hobbit at 2006-07-20 20:11 (UTC) (Link)
Very beautiful poem and a wonderful picture too.
Thanks for sharing.
mechtild at 2006-07-20 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, Lily the Hobbit. And thanks for stopping by, so to speak. :)
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