Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
Barbara Heller
New Guinea Mudman - The Cover Up Series
35 x 25 Inches  
Artist: Barbara Heller, Title: New Guinea Mudman - The Cover Up Series - click for larger image

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Doubt The dancing's running late; I have to wait alone; When I'm in this state They think I'm in some mystic zone Communing with the Fates And Furies of the infinite unknown. The Sun is getting low, My time will soon be here; One staff-length to go 'Til shadows cloak the sacred clearing To begin the show Of summoning another rainy year. Heat rises from the clay. I'm sweating in the shade; The makeup takes all day And very soon will drip away; Yet none will dare to say I'm not the great Creator, Ipile. I hold the key To every mystery, From curing snake bite to eternity I am the guide Who's seen the other side, Where all our souls and gods reside. But I am not so sure I've really been Where this world ends and other worlds begin. Am I possessed? Have I been truly blessed? Are all these incantations meaningless? Some days it feels Like there's nothing to reveal And I am just performing for my meals, Repeating sounds of practiced ecstasy Made up by men who lived in doubt, like me. We all do what we must; We have our part to play. If no one's here but us We're still together in our ancient way Protected by our trust, Connected by the homage that we pay.

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