we are the mirrors


A storm of silence.
Triggered absence reflected
backwards.  Mirrored shield.

Flash of color. Using stand
to stop.  Opening the view.

“Artists, we live on the periphery. But we are the mirrors.”
–Cannupa Hanska Luger


Tanka for Colleen’s Weekly Challenge, which also included the photo, above.  I used both Colleen’s words, and those from the Secret Keeper’s prompt this week.

“You are only borrowing this place from children you will never meet. And the only reason you have an opportunity to do that is because elders took care of it for you.”
–Cannupa Hanska Luger

My art and words were inspired by this article about the #J20 Art Strike which referred me to  this article about Cannupa Hanska Luger, an artist at Standing Rock, and his mirror shields.


“He explained that his experience there [at Standing Rock] was helping him understand the idea of silence, because the police who provoked the water protectors knew what to do with chants and slogans, but prayers, which were often silent, confused them. “They don’t know how to respond to silence,” he told me.
–Hrag Vartanian, talking to Raven Chacon

“Silence is a source of great strength.”
–Lao Tzu

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28 responses to “we are the mirrors”

  1. Henrietta Watson says :

    A very good post.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Wonderful image and powerful words. Thank you for sharing the magnificent quote from CHL.

  3. Jodi says :

    We are the Mirrors. And an amazing art collage to represent those words

  4. merrildsmith says :

    There is so much here to ponder–mirrors, art, silence, protest. I’m feeling like right now, creative types of all kinds are the mirrors.

  5. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Lovely post. I especially like the note about silence and prayer. A good reminder for the days to come.

  6. memadtwo says :

    I’m all for silence and prayer. Are you going to the NYC march on Saturday? in the words of Phil Ochs, I ain’t marchin anymore. Too tired.

  7. Colleen Chesebro says :

    What beautiful words. I look forward to your creations each week. Bravo. Another well done Tanka poem. ❤

  8. bymarion says :

    Beautiful! Very interesting!

  9. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Love this one… really pulls you in! 😍

  10. Teresa Robeson says :

    I loved everything about this post…your art, your poem, the quotes. They really touched me and I’m glad I’m late to reading as I am now reading it on Friday, a sad day for America when I needed words of strength the most. ❤

  11. jazzytower says :

    Love your tanka and that quote is awesome.

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