October has been a…month. Between my own health issues, the death of a friend from school, and the impending deployment of my boyfriend (tomorrow morning), I have been a mess. I loved Bridget’s Medusa costume because Medusa is an excellent symbol for my life right now. In ancient Greek mythology, Medusa’s head was placed on the shields of warriors (including Athena’s) because it was believed she warded off evil. If I had a shield to carry around right now, you best bet it would have Medusa’s head on it.
As an artist, I turn to art of all kinds when I’m stressed out. I love browsing poetry, and lately have been reading a lot of Frank O’Hara and e.e. cummings. It’s a classic, but if you haven’t ever read it, “i carry your heart” might be one of my favorite poems ever. And if Medusa is a good symbol for my life right now, “i carry your heart” is a good poem for my life. I’m not looking forward to spending months away from the person I love, with limited communication. But I’ll carry his heart (I’ll carry it in my heart).
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in)]
Source: Poetry (June 1952).