The Lion Cometh – 5 – The Narnia Boys (Redux)

narnia lion_aslan_“Aslan is the main character of C. S. Lewis‘s  The Chronicles of Narnia series. He is “the great Lion” of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and his role in Narnia is developed throughout the remaining books.  Aslan is Turkish for “lion”. He is depicted as lord of Narnia; a wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); a mysterious and benevolent guide to the human children who visit; guardian and savior of Narnia.

fire_lion_by_alex_barreraThroughout the series, it is stated that Aslan is “not a tame lion,” since, despite his gentle and loving nature, he is powerful and can be dangerous.”  …Wikipedia.

ScholasticNarnia“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a series of seven novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and originally published in London between October 1950 and March 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.” … Wikipedia.

My two sons, Sam and Jesse, attended a summer camp with the Narnia theme from their younger years until they were teens. It was another home to them and helped to make them who they are today. The camp was not based on the Christian aspect of Lewis’ books but on the magic of the stories and a caring for the Earth and of each other.

dis_aslan-edmundAfter the camp closed in 2006 Sam, my eldest, worked together with other past camp members to resurrect the idea and spirit of Camp Narnia – a huge task but now successful. The camp’s site is:   http://campnarnia.blogspot.ca/

The books and the camp experiences meant, and still mean, so much to my boys that I wanted to use this final post in my Lion series to celebrate Aslan, the magic of Narnia and Sam and Jesse, cubs once and a pride always of their Leo dad.

Sam and JesseWhen you first met Aslan

you were my cubs,

but now you are proud

and grown, strong lions

roaming the plains

and jungles of your lives.

My love for you

stretches far beyond

a fairy tale

into another realm of magic

where you brought meaning

and miracles

to this ragged cat

who cannot be Aslan

but can be real for you

in a challenging world

where winter is never far,

evil still holds court

and Turkish Delight

will rot your teeth.

But this I know,

you both possess the power

of wonder, passion,

humanity and humour,

to transport you through

the portal of dark wardrobes

to the lamp-post’s light.

You both possess the power

to change ice to summer,

face evil with compassion,

exchange doubt for hope

and roam the plains

and jungles of your lives

with gentle strength

and an understanding

of the earth and all its spirits.

You have a wild beauty,

my sons,

that lives deeply in my heart

and touches everyone you meet

with love.

For my boys and their loves.

For you, love… you know who you are.

For all lovers everywhere

and for Love itself.

This series of posts are a repeat celebration of my astrological sun sign, Leo, in  words, images and music…Please see #1 for more detail.

Footnote as of 29 July 2014: Interestingly this particular post has more often than not appeared in my Top Posts and Pages sidebar since it was first published a year ago. I can only think that many people are attracted by the Narnia stories and also, maybe considering sending their children to Sam’s summer camp. This year’s camp is happening as I write with a greater attendance than ever. If your children are there, or if you are thinking of enrolling them next year, I hope that this post gives you confidence that your sons or daughters will be safe, cared for and filled with wonder and magical experiences. I welcome any responses if this applies to you.

Poem and photo of sons by clinock / Images: Aslan in snow, thanks to http://www.free-wallpaper.eu / Fire Lion thanks to Alex Barrera, http://www.kootation.com / Lion and boy thanks to http://www.narnia.wikia.com /

The Lion Cometh – 4 – (Redux)

Lyle'sGoldenSyrupWhen I was a child in England my mother always had a tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup in her kitchen, she used it in her baking and desserts and also for spooning into my mouth when I was too raucous or running in circles craving sweetness. I remember it looking similar to honey although not tasting as good.

But it was the drawing on the tin and the words under the drawing that really fascinated me. Was the lion dead or only sleeping? Was the cloud of insects a swarm of flies or bees or what? Were the insects real or was the lion dreaming them? And what could the words possibly mean?

And what, oh what , you foodies out there, do the words, “Partially Inverted Refiner’s Syrup” mean?

LionessWatching 2CubsI hadn’t thought of this for decades but in putting this series of posts together and exploring lion connections it emerged again from the deep caves of memory.

Wikipedia informs me that, “Out of the strong came forth sweetness” is a reference to the Biblical story in chapter 14 of the Book of Judges in which Sampson was traveling in search of a wife. During the journey he killed a lion, and when he passed the same spot on his return he noticed that a swarm of bees had formed a comb of honey in the carcass. Samson later turned this into a riddle at a wedding: “Out of the eater came forth food and out of the strong came forth sweetness”.

Mother-and-Lion-Cub tongueNow, I know and love riddles but to call this a riddle is sweetly unfair. A true riddle needs to be able to be solved by wit and intelligence. However; the answer to Sampson’s ‘riddle’ could only come from someone who was with him when he found the honeyed lion, and, as far as I know, he was alone. Any other riddlers out there? If so – am I right about this one?

Lioness & her cub, during a break from their mid-day cat napIf you want to know why Abram Lyle used this as a slogan on his syrup tin you’re just going to have to Google or guess it.

If you want to know why I have used photos of mother lions with cubs – read the words on the tin again…”Out of the strong…”

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Now here’s a real riddle, easy-peasy but the answer is appropriate to my sun sign : Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I? Can you solve this?

What’s your favorite riddle? – send it in and see if we are able to solve it…

This series of posts are a repeat celebration of my astrological sun sign, Leo, in  words, images and music…Please see #1 for more detail.

“She’s alright with me…”

All photos credit to Wikipedia and Google Images. First Lioness and cub photo thanks to lightworkers.org / Lioness licking cub photo thanks to amazinganimalphotos.com / Third lioness with cub photo thanks to aurich.com / Final lioness and cub photo thanks to animalpictureplace.com

 

The Lion Cometh – 3 – (Redux)

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In the wide savannah of my dreaming,

across the tangled jungles of my years,

I yawn through ancient hungry teeth

shaking the sultry sky with my voice,

filling the scorched air with bloody breath.

 

I stretch and scratch and roll

in fractured mud and satisfying dust,

my rippled spine crushing a thousand flies,

my knotted mane sweeping hot earth

like the ragged fingers of a god.

 

My needs are as simple as the moon;

I eat, sleep, mate and mate some more,

I leave the killing to the women,

they are so fast and sure, while I sleep on,

silhouetted by another setting sun.

This series of posts are a repeat celebration of my astrological sun sign, Leo, in  words, images and music…Please see #1 for more detail.

Poem by clinock / Lion photo with thanks to rapgenius.com / The Lion Sleeps Tonight sung by Lebo M.

 

The Lion Cometh – 2 – (Redux)

old lionThe following humorous monologue was originally performed by British humorist Stanley Holloway and read here by Roy Hudd. As a child I loved this and still do.

Green LionThis series of posts are a repeat celebration of my astrological sun sign, Leo, in  words, images and music…Please see #1 for more detail.

LEOItalian Lion sculpture photo by clinock / ‘Green Lion’ painting by unknown artist (Please contact me if you know this artist so I can give credit). / Leo wall art by unknown Italian artist.

The Lion Cometh – 1 – (Redux)

LEOLeo is my sun sign – on Wednesday the sun entered the astrological sign of The Lion, always a potent and pivotal force for change, strength and confirmation in my life.

I am re-posting my ‘Celebration of Leo’ series from last year with some edits here and there. This constitutes a blogging summer break of sorts for me as I give my days renovating my patio and condo and preparing my art for a few local community exhibitions. Summertime, for me, is not the “lazy, hazy days” of the song but a time when I feel at the peak of my focussed energy and accomplish more than at any other time of year. In this month of my day of birth I conjure the strength and power of the lion and the subtle wisdom of the domestic cat. Under the mid-year sun and it’s heat I am more myself than I am in all other seasons.

Leo StarMy Leo Star, drawn from the astrological colours given to this sign.

Even though the nature of the lion is a powerful part of who I am, his domestic kin, the pussycat, is a more present and comfortable spirit that shares my days. I waver frequently between both energies.

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This and the next few posts will be in honour of the Lion, in words, images and music…

 

Leo wall art by unknown artist, Italy. / Leo Star by clinock / British Lion painting by L D Luard. / Cat photo of Mr. Bunbury who died last year, still cherished and missed. / You Tube video by great Canadian singer, Bruce Cockburn.

As a Horse Enters the Room

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I was left speechless by this exquisite work of text / image / poetry by Steven and am honoured to share it here. Everything Steven performs is worthy of your time and attention so I encourage you to visit him at http://poemimage.wordpress.com

Originally posted on poemimage:

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William Blake lifting and parting silken rays of translucent ecstasy, without a thought to his own gain, rambling upon the aftermath of a village, the merciless beast of empire pressing her breastplate to the ground, and the spewing of milk, unseen, in the clover-scented breeze.

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 William’s words rising upon the feet of a woman, in a tintype portrait, as he drapes her shoulders with blue silk curtains emblazoned with golden script. I would do this all again she thinks, folding the air around his eyes into the mouth of a small, and infinitely glowing, sea creature:

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 The eye of the sun blinking, penetrating her fingertips, rays drifting, a glimmer sinking into the pasture, the sun dipping into a hollow made by sounds, half rolling, half floating to the chants and whispered songs of mothers, the sun warming milk, rolling like a wheel of honey igniting fire in the body…

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Sagacious Serendipity – Red

 

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A working studio becomes layered with a deep and wondrous treasure trove of raw material. When I become a camera the possibilities of framing chance encounters with surreal and inspiring compositions are limitless. This series shares my captures of random juxtapositions that caught my eye. Some I may use as source ideas for painting, but all are complete in themselves as examples of sagacious serendipity.

The scraps of writing and doodles are taken from my version of a sketchbook which consists of bits of paper I scribble on as I moodle around the studio.

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Sagacious Serendipity – shed skins

shed skinsshedskinsA working studio becomes layered with a deep and wondrous treasure trove of raw material. When I become a camera the possibilities of framing chance encounters with surreal and inspiring compositions are limitless. This series shares my captures of random juxtapositions that caught my eye. Some I may use as source ideas for painting, but all are complete in themselves as examples of sagacious serendipity.

The scraps of writing and doodles are taken from my version of a sketchbook which consists of bits of paper I scribble on as I moodle around the studio.

Click on images for more detail.

Sagacious Serendipity – hope

hopehopeA working studio becomes layered with a deep and wondrous treasure trove of raw material. When I become a camera the possibilities of framing chance encounters with surreal and inspiring compositions are limitless. This series shares my captures of random juxtapositions that caught my eye. Some I may use as source ideas for painting, but all are complete in themselves as examples of sagacious serendipity.

The scraps of writing and doodles are taken from my version of a sketchbook which consists of bits of paper I scribble on as I moodle around the studio.

Click on images for more detail.

Sagacious Serendipity – folded message

 

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A working studio becomes layered with a deep and wondrous treasure trove of raw material. When I become a camera the possibilities of framing chance encounters with surreal and inspiring compositions are limitless. This series shares my captures of random juxtapositions that caught my eye. Some I may use as source ideas for painting, but all are complete in themselves as examples of sagacious serendipity.

The scraps of writing and doodles are taken from my version of a sketchbook which consists of bits of paper I scribble on as I moodle around the studio.