Mandala #2 – Slowing the Daily Whirl

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Second Mandala – Slowing the Daily Whirl

This mandala was just finished yesterday and as I was drawing it, I realized I was attempting – almost literally – to unwind. The title followed…
Having a few days off work I felt I had the time to draw a fairly elaborate pattern and allow the space to quiet my mind. Once again, some patterns are “zentangle” inspired but this time, others came from looking at traditional Buddhist mandalas. A colour version may follow …but not today. 🙂

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! Just posting now since I was off-line for a few days …that also helps with the unwinding!
Thanks Tom! The poem really reflects the nature of this mandala!!

within wheels the turning turning forms
each exotic ecstasy enfolds
syncopated synergies the norm
countering the rotors of the bold
geometry and moments of the wheel
turning through the stations of the cross
reaching deep to find what’s only real
tessellating like a spinning boss
around the central singularity
wherein the secret sits alone unknown
enigma cloaked in puzzled mystery
beneath dark clouds the windmill’s arms are blown
by daily whirls of work and joy and sin
that spin the wheels and spin the wheels within

image (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

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4 Responses to “Mandala #2 – Slowing the Daily Whirl”

  1. Hypnotic pattern. It would be interesting to see it in higher resolution.

  2. within wheels the turning turning forms
    each exotic ecstasy enfolds
    syncopated synergies the norm
    countering the rotors of the bold
    geometry and moments of the wheel
    turning through the stations of the cross
    reaching deep to find what’s only real
    tessellating like a spinning boss
    around the central singularity
    wherein the secret sits alone unknown
    enigma cloaked in puzzled mystery
    beneath dark clouds the windmill’s arms are blown
    by daily whirls of work and joy and sin
    that spin the wheels and spin the wheels within

    😉

    This poem is a circle. It is many other things too. Writing against the geometric form of the mandala is an interesting challenge.

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