Suffer every scrap of anguish, every shred of sorrow,
every thread of misery life sows through your flesh and ripples through your soul.
Receive them all graciously.
Allow them to mould and shape you.
For in their resistance comes a coarsening
made brittle with the passage of time.
A symbol of renewal and recovery, the Phoenix offers a powerful mythological motif. Far from being indestructible; it perishes, burning brightly in a display of flame and splendid fury, leaving only ashes in its wake. Scattered into thousands upon thousands of insignificant fragments, it starts gathering itself from swirls of black dust; each part reflexively finding its home in another, aching to resurrect a magnificence it hardly remembers or fathoms.
It is a reminder that true strength does not come from invulnerability to damage, but the flexibility and adaptability to its reception.
It is no wonder this Greek mythological creature has analogues in countless cultures and ancient civilisations. The Arabian Anqa’, the Hindu Garuda, the Chinese Fenghuang and the Japanese hō-ō only being a few.
Artwork was made using Microsoft Fresh Paint.