Miserere and Benedicere are the Latin words for either the simple infinitive or the imperative of "have mercy" and "bless" respectively.
The words below are not the lyrics to the song by the same name (link posted at bottom) but are my own prose-poem about loss, misery and the blessing that can come from even our darkest night.
I am neither saint in this nor worthless sinner -
for all my weeping wretchedness and grief
for all the blame I heap upon your head
I am not faultless in the shattered glass of us.
I loved you then and love you still
without ever having loved you well enough.
Miserere. . .
I am neither rock nor island and yet
at times I feel as remote and as dead
as some deserted volcanic...
I have a passion for the landscape of Western New York and for the sea that I am unable to express completely in my poetry alone. Now, I have converted both those loves into digital paintings in an impressionist style that express what I see with the heart more than with the eye. I added to that the metaphor of the spiritual journey in my Sea Stories paintings - a visual metaphor for our personal quest for character, courage and truth. Contemporary, yet timeless, my digital paintings are modern realism but with homage to the classic works. In addition to my current art work, I have two self-published volumes of poetry, "Songs of the Heart's Longing" from Blurb publishing and "Ecclesiastes for Sixty: Seasons in Solitude" from Xlibris. Both...
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