Art Stop – “Acquainted”

One of my favorite poets has long since been American author, Robert Frost.  I was flipping through a collection of his work recently and ran across this set of prose that I don’t ever remember reading before.  It’s entitled “Acquainted With the Night” is stirs with words of recognition of what some call a “lady of the night.”  It’s such a somber, and yet not condemning, poem about a seemingly lonely person walking along town in the depth of evening.  Frost’s words remind me so much of the numbness I felt after finishing with a John and having to return back home alone.

“Acquainted With the Night” by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.

I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

When far away an interrupted cry

Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;

And further still at an unearthly height,

One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

I have been one acquainted with the night.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 8/10/12)

Art Stop – “Freedom Stones”

Freedom Stones. “Breaking the Chains of Poverty and Injustice.” Beautiful.  I love this jewelry not only because each piece is a beautiful work of art but because there is freedom in the lives of each artisan.  If I might be allowed to steal a little from their website, “Freedom Stones is committed to eliminating and preventing human trafficking through livelihood projects that transform and develop vulnerable communities.”  All in all FS equips communities with more than the skill of jewelry making, they go after totally community care.  For the purposes of this blog though, I would like to feature some of their works of art that appropriately display the beauty in freedom!

 

Click here to learn more about Freedom Stones or to shop their online store. (www.freedomstones.ws)

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 6/11/12)

Art Stop – “Turning Tables”

This song and dance remind me so much of a woman’s struggle to get out of The Life.  Really though, it relates to anyone in a harmful relationship.  I think back to past boyfriends who weren’t the best choice or to even trying to escape my own family.  I think to friend’s who won’t leave the sex bars they work in because of their love for the other girls there or because of the shallow promise from a customer to come back and “rescue” them.  So many of us sit in abusive circumstances too long by holding on to hope for change that doesn’t always exist.  Sometimes we just need to leave.  Sometimes we just need to not let them hurt us any longer.

(http://youtu.be/wBkpp3Jh7e0)

Listen to song here: (http://youtu.be/bsFCO8-oCEQ)

Lyrics to song here: (http://www.metrolyrics.com/turning-tables-lyrics-adele.html)

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 6/11/12)

Art Stop – “Girls Like Us”

Looking outside of the Bible, never have I underlined so much text in a single book.  In “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an  Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself” author and trafficking survivor Rachel Lloyd takes readers through the realities of trafficking.

The margins of my copy of this book are filled with agreeing comments like “YES!” and “So true!” and stars implying my solemn similarity of story.  Personally, Rachel’s words have been validating and reassuring that I’m not alone in this journey.  For those without a past in the Life, it’s an excellent portray not only of the facts of trafficking, but of the emotions behind survival and abuse.  My simple direction is, read this book! It’s educational and uplifting and impacting.

To read the full review or purchase this book, click here.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 5/11/12)

Art Stop – “A Prayer For The Trafficked”

I was directed to this painting recently by a friend who said it reminded her of me… not sure if it was a physical characteristic or just the simple fact that she knows my heart to end trafficking.  Either way, it reminds me of me too.  There’s something about her face that’s hurt, but determined, sad but strong…  I can identify with that.  The image really seems to represent well the amount of jumbled thoughts and information that a trafficked girl has to process all at once.  Regardless of explaining it to death though, just take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.  Personally, I can’t wait to buy a print for myself.

“A Prayer For the Trafficked” by Scott Erickson – 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas, an auction piece for an anti-human trafficking fundraiser (Click the above image to be taken to the artist’s website.)

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 4/26/12)

Art Stop – “We Found Love”

I never thought I’d find myself quoting Rihanna in one of my blog posts and yet, here I go… it’s from one of her newer hits, “We Found Love.”

It’s like screamin’, but no one can hear.  You almost feel ashamed that someone could be that important, that without them you feel like nothing.  No one will ever understand how much it hurts.  You feel hopeless, like nothing can save you, and when it’s over and it’s gone, you almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back, so that you could have the good…

I really have no idea about Rihanna’s background and can’t vouch for all of her music, but I will say this piece of artwork has the most catchy one-line piece of hope I’ve heard in a long time… We’ve found love in a hopeless place.  If you know trafficking, you know exactly what that means.

Take a listen and take it for what it’s worth:

DISCLAIMER: Music video includes some adult content including drugs, violence and sex.  Feel free you to listen to the words if you don’t want to watch… but to me it’s all part of the art that reminds me of the emotions of “the life.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg00YEETFzg

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 3/15/12)

Art Stop – “Pieces”

There’s so much healing that can come from both creative expression and experiencing art.  Numerous studies about art integrated into aftercare facilities, rehab programs and counseling have been done. (Find out a bit more here.)  However, simply speaking from a personal standpoint I know that these ways of communicating have been vital to my growth– whether it’s a song I listen to or sketch I draw, it’s been helpful.  For this reason I would like to take a pause from normal blog entries on Fridays (from now until whenever) to share pieces of creative expression that I’ve come across and thought helpful.

I would like nothing more than for this to be an interactive forum, so please participate!  Email in art that you’ve come across or that you yourself have created.  Maybe it’s a touching painting your child crafted or a new song on the radio.  It doesn’t all have to be happy and it doesn’t all have to be good, it just have to be “real”… what I’m looking to share here is authenticity!  Feel free as well to send in great organizations who you find out facilitating great healing with great art.  This can be schools, safe houses, income generating jewelry projects, etc.  If you find something interesting, email it in or leave a comment on a Friday post and let’s start sharing.  (Also, feel free to utilize the Facebook page if that’s easier!)

To get us started off I’d like to share… “Pieces” (a powerful spoken word by a dear friend of mine who, alongside his beautiful wife, does some amazing work).

If the video does not appear, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lVkmUs8yPI

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 3/7/12)
%d bloggers like this: