“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face ’cause they don’t love that either. You got to love it, you! ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
This week’s photo challenge topic – BELOVED – had me thinking of how our perceptions of the beloved can be expressed in so many forms; from the very specific to the evocative and even the higher expressions of ourselves. Our natural inclination on the subject is to look to our loved ones and that is fine. They are our first experience of the term… then it spreads out beyond that.
“Something that is loved is never lost.” Toni Morrison, Beloved
More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
While my photos are not based fully on the popular book, the photo challenge theme for this week reminded me of Toni Morrison’s powerful book and the concept of a beloved; both the sacred and profane versions.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: – BELOVED – This week, This week, share a photo of something that is dearly loved.In this week’s challenge, share with us something that is beloved. As always, we’re looking forward to seeing what you share.
Positive Motivation Tip: We are drawn to what reminds us of beauty and grace.. explore yours
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.