J. Ruth Gendler, USA

Artist, writer and teacher, she has been interested in the intersection of art and writing, language and vision, since a child and is the author of 'The Book of Qualities'.

(Submitted by the author)

"The Church says; The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta." After naming the thieves who have attempted to steal our bodies, Eduardo Galeano, the author of this poem, gives the body the last word, "I am a fiesta." A celebration, a wonderful song, a dance of many rhythms and moods. The body is both the party and the gift we bring to the party. Perhaps the only real synonym for body is life.

The task, then, becomes to stay alive to the truth that the body is fiesta and gift.

The more we learn about the eye, the ear, the hand, the heart, the muscles and bones, the skin, the processes of language and breath, the more we can appreciate the beauty of our bodies. The abundance of what we are given through our bodies is undeniable. Incarnation feels joyful. The body is indeed a fiesta.

Our obsessive attempts to improve, impose, decide everything from our minds, seem confused and sad and futile. We are made of and contain history and metaphor, tissues and dreams. Our bodies hold and include worlds as much as the world includes and holds our bodies.

From 'Notes on the Need for Beauty', by J.Ruth Gendler, Da Capo Press, 2007.



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