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threesome_in_a_stormy_night_Rembrandt

23rd June, 2000 | 8:40 – 9:07

Threesome in a stormy night.
Who they be – I fail to understand.

The first impression is of
three astronauts floating
over the moon in a
ghostly night of a strong gale.
They move, they lurch,
they bend, they perch –
but have their feet firmly
rooted to the ground.
They are very down to earth.

Then, the three sometimes seem
to be a family of three –
the Father, the Mother,
and the Child – shortest in height,
yet full of vigor, full of movement.
The Father stands the Tallest –
sometimes leading, sometimes guiding –
His Hands on Her Shoulder,
comforting Her, consoling Her,
companioning Her.
The Mother, in Her leafy hood looks like
a Follower, enjoying the bliss of His Love;
a perfect protector of the Son,
transferring His Love to Him –
the One frolicking in Her green cradle,
trying to Arise above the ground
to which they are rooted.

The three – do they represent three generations?
The oldest, the middle-aged, and the new?
The oldest – most mature, most humble –
bends before His strength.
The one not-so-mature, unsure,
bends a bit – retaining some ego.
The immature is unwilling to bend,
but can’t remain stiff.
The Father sways him back-and-forth –
he has to learn to bend, and to bend to learn.

The three trees assume figures
so accountable, so visual,
yet, so unreal, so ethereal.

~

For more on the Companioning Philosophy, refer to http://www.centerforloss.com/companioning-philosophy/

The image used is a painting by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Details are available at: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/8131/

Thanks for the perfect image Rembrandt! RIP!

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