i am utterly magnificent


i am utterly magnificent,

resplendent in my omnipresence,

as old as the hills and as fresh as a daisy,

feet deep in moist fertile soil,

head in the clouds

and joy in my heart.


my eyes sparkle with a million stars,

feet dance to the breaking waves

oscillating to the rhythm of the cosmic spheres

and time in all her many guises.

i sneeze with all my might –

laughing, laughing, laughing…


powerful beyond measure,

knowing all that is

becoming myself

in humble




small things (felt pen, p ward 2009) small things (felt pen, p ward 2009)

whisper (pen and pencil); white birds (oil on canvas, triptych) p ward 2009 whisper (pen and pencil); white birds (oil and earth pigment on canvas, triptych) p ward 2009 

I am utterly magnificent (digital image from pencil drawing, p ward 2009) dust II (digital image from pencil drawing, p ward 2009)

(The images above have been taken from ‘an antidote to grieving’ a body of work completed in 2009 while recovering from the passing of my father, grandmother and aunt, their relevance as pertinent today as when first created. The use of art as a process of healing, acceptance, understanding and empowerment should never be underestimated…)

P Ward 2013