Day 6 ~ A Virgin A Day: Just Send Me Down Forgiveness

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To the Black Madonna of Chartres

Friend or no friend, 
darkness or light,
vowels or consonants,
water or dry land,

anything more from you now
is just gravy
—just send me down forgiveness, send me down
bearing myself a black cupful of light.
by Jean Valentine

This is not the Black Madonna of Chartres, but the poem resonated so deeply with me that I wanted to share it. I was not able to identify the origin of the painting, but I love it beyond words.

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  1. Hello Noelle, this is just so profound!  the poem echoes onto my heart, blessings

  2. I love that poem. Love love love it!!

  3. Jesus looks so grown-up and awkward to hold. Not at all the usual mother and plump, several-month-old baby.

  4. This reminds me of my youngest son James he used to sit on my knee up to being about 8, after that he refused but I kept telling him he would always be my baby! ;~)

    Sue x

  5. ok!! i finally figured out how to get in here!!! yay!  gorgeous image, great poem and beautiful harmony...good morning!

  6. She is not The black Madonna but she reflects similar qualities though she is totally different.. who is she I wonder? I am attracted to her warm and vibrant colours, she is so alive!

  7. She is beautiful and filled with such positive energy ~ Love her! ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) 

  8. I found her on an Eastern European site. She looks Ethiopean to me. I think I have seen her before. She does look so alive! I love the image :)

  9. I think it is lovely, Meri. Perhaps the artist was trying to portray the fact that Jesus would soon be a man who would suffer many things. Showing him half grown may be a cultural sign of respect. I love the colors and illumination of it.

  10. Fran aka RedondowriterDecember 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    What synchronicity. We both posted black madonnas today. This one is particularly spectacular to me--so colorful! Sometimes they are so dark. Also, Anonymous Four is a favorite group of mine so thanks for posting this. My former boss's daughter, Marcia Genensky, is the woman second from the right. I have all their recordings and have heard them once in person. I just love your post today. 

  11. I agree with you about both the painting and poem. And the compliment each other beautifully

  12. Yes, it was synchronous. I love her too and I have many anonymous 4 albums myself. I am envious that you actually know one of them personally!

  13. I love this painting too. Our Lady knows no color. Forgivness, yes, she shows how mto forgive and be forgiven all at once. Beautiful. Happy Day 6.


  14. I love this painting too. I have seen the black Madonna at Monserat in Spain...incredible.


  15. love Her in all of her guises...

    xox - eb.

  16. Recuerda_mi_corazonDecember 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    finally home from a long long day with my black cupful of light all filled now! 
    glorious noelle!!!    the poem, completely new to me but like words i have whispered all my life.
    the madonna and child? coupled with these angelic voices singing out,
    you might think i had died and gone to heaven!

  17. Magical Mystical TeacherDecember 6, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Marvelous poem! Marvelous Madonna! 

    Lady Comfort

  18. Magical Mystical TeacherDecember 6, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Stick around for a while, will you? You and Billy and I have to meet at Taj Mahal at least one more time!

  19. Another stellar post! Gosh, what a gorgeous image! And the prayer is very soulful. AND, I love Anonymous 4...

  20. oh I love that Sue. That is the sweetest picture. I will hold that in my mind today :)
    Noelle x

  21. thank you, Paula. So glad that you like it. I absolutely love Anonymous 4 myself. I started listening to them more when I lived in Santa Fe.

  22. so nice and soulful...


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