… for you also are human

sometimes – good folks feed me poetry, lyrics, quotes, stories and words

View looking up from the Cave of 100 Hands (really was about 31 hands but who's counting? Cool is cool. One or one hundred). Thank you Matt S for sending us in this direction

in my inbox yesterday a.m. was a poem about Hands by a poet id never read before from a pal of mine who had learned about our hunting for hands expedition.  Thought i’d share it here if ya care to sit and ponder a bit.
  i dont claim to understand the poem in full but the parts that i do are dandy cuz we all should be humbled by being human and it is true that when i looked out at the expanse of various rock art on our sojourn i FELT things.

Things no more and things to come.

Note: the Hands referenced and reverenced in the poem r from California so the makers of the ones in the pix featured here from Utah were created by a different people but of the same race – the Human race (as in humanity me hope unless we give way to insanity and inhumanity (of which the poet subscribed to).



by Robinson Jeffers

Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara
The vault of rock is painted with hands,
A multitude of hands in the twilight, a cloud of men’s palms, no more,
No other picture. There’s no one to say
Whether the brown shy quiet people who are dead intended
Religion or magic, or made their tracings
In the idleness of art; but over the division of years these careful
Signs-manual are now like a sealed message
Saying: “Look: we also were human; we had hands, not paws. All hail
You people with the cleverer hands, our supplanters
In the beautiful country; enjoy her a season, her beauty, and come down
And be supplanted; for you also are human.”

(thank u for sharing this poem and poet with us K and thank u for making this journey with me KC)

gratitude is the memory of the heart ~ jean massieu

It was also super cool to visit the Jean Massieu bilingual-bicultural school for the Deaf in SLC and see the ceramic mural they have of a scenic landscape filled with 3D HANDshapes for ducks, birds, leaves, flowers, tree and clouds.  Art is the HeART of humanity.  See below.

Are you a supplanter or a planter?

Partial image of the ceramic mural at the Jean Massieu bilingual-bicultural school for the Deaf in Utah (thanks for the directions James)

Detail of the De'VIA ceramic mural at the Jean Massieu school for the Deaf in Utah. Thank for the tour Brian



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Antonia Lindsey Rathbun
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 17:13:50

    As always, Patti, your posts guide and inspire. You plant good in the hearts of Deaf people. Thank you for your steadfast message. Every time I see DeVia art, I feel so moved. Much love and peace! Antonia

  2. handeyes
    May 01, 2012 @ 01:37:20

    awwwww antonia

    ive missed ya since ive been facebookless

    thank u for ur comment. re: the guide posts – they keep popping up for me and i like to share cuz i surely need some guidiance too. De’VIA rocks and rolls. know doubt ab out it.

    thank u for all u do and are

    we r a steadfast people – even if it feels like we standing in the same place at times – we know better than to believe such falsehoods – all we gotta do and look around and see…. we r on the MOVE!

    thank u again for popping by – its like a wee ray of hope traveling across the continent to my doorstep.

    Our hands have IT.



  3. Sheri Farinha
    May 01, 2012 @ 22:19:15

    Beautiful artwork! Who is keeping an archive of all the artwork since beginning of time?

  4. handeyes
    May 02, 2012 @ 02:03:04

    heye sheri

    speaking of art – champ painting of u by nancy rourke.

    re: ur question – who is keeping an archive of all the artwork since the beginning of time? it varies i guess. in Utah the Fremont Indian State Park i think is the only one that monitors and maintains a rock art site. Just watched a documentary re: cave painting in France and how its under lock and key etc.

    I really like your question because it emphasizes the importance of KEEPING, PRESERVING, SHARING and CARING.

    Lots of Deaf history items have been lost or perished because many Deaf folks had no children or their offsprings didnt know the significance of what they had and didnt pass it on to an archives.

    thank you for caring and daring



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