We Who Seek to Marry Heaven and Hell

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.

The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.

The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.

The nakedness of woman is the work of God.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake (1793).

As of late, my play-life has taken more of a central role in my life. The pendulum has swung from a research oriented professional focus to more visceral explorations…again. Therefore today, on William Blake’s birthday, it seems fitting for us (ALL of us) to begin to explore that shift a bit further.

Blake is arguably the most important, influential, and provocative poet/visual artist/mystic of the Romantic Age. His work (for me) expresses the duality of human thought and experience through what was the language of the time: religion, politics, and philosophy.

His work sought to explore and breakdown the barriers between such dialectics as:

heaven and hell,

good and evil,

humanity and divinity.

I feel that Blake’s art reflects the work that so many of us continue in our daily lives, all of us who walk the lines between divergent yet inextricably linked concepts. We too explore the junctions and fissures that construct and inspire our life choices…sometimes with the success of insight, other times with great consequence and sacrifice. Still, our exploration continues…like Blake…our understanding is merely the beginning…and expression is the process.

Cheers to those of us who are brave enough to walk the lines….with great curiosity and faith.

(and yes, “explorations” will continue in the following blog entry…this was not a cop-out…ha.)



(photo credit to: MLMLME.com for TheVanillaParty)

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