It’s wonderful to have the accompaniment of angels on earth. The angel poem, Angel Gardens, is a poem about an angel “guardian” or a guardian angel. It supports the idea that angels are here on earth, with us. We often associate angels with gardens and earth, symbolizing that angels are both earthly and heavenly. This Heaven/Earth dichotomy is definitely archetypal in nature.
It is important to the study of this “picture-series” to note that the poems were not intended to be anything other than simple art. They weren’t designed to be symbols and/or archetypes, not consciously. And they could not have been created for the purpose they serve. Jung tells us that symbols enlighten us, making something known to us that was otherwise unknown (Man and His Symbols). These poems were created in the language of dreams, a language that is imagistic, metaphorical and roundabout. It is a language with lifelines to the unconscious, reaching beyond the personal unconscious. As archetypes, the images can provide substance to the personal as well as the collective healing effort.
Writing the Angel Gardens poem, I had a Robert Frost poem in mind. I focused on the meter, the rhyme, and the melody. I love reciting the Frost poem.
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
Woods poem in mind. I like the meter.
“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”