Author: melodylowes

I am a Christian, wife, mother, author, poet, teacher, and photographer valiantly trying to grow a garden in the harsh Canadian prairie climate.

Invisible Woman

Photo courtesy Yu Jinyoung’s incredible ‘Invisible’ collection at London’s Union Gallery Silent, I slip among you – The Invisible Woman. I eat your food, I laugh at your jokes, I nod and smile at words brittle as bones and nourishing as chalk. Skinless, I leak and stain but your eyes are glazed, mannequin-sockets staring spell-bound…

Great Expectations

Christmas comes with strings attached – in the form of great expectations. You know what I mean. Women all around the world go to bed on Christmas Eve with visions of a perfectly basted, perfectly moist turkey, freshly scrubbed kitchen, spit-and-polished kids, and well-behaved pets dancing in their heads. The pressure is on. The in-laws…

Household Prayer

O God of pans and dish-pan hands, Of laundry on the line, O Lord of drawers and dirty floors, O King of home design; O Prince of dust, and swept-up crust, Of soothing tears and pain, Let not the grind rob peace of mind, Or interrupt Your reign. O Potentate of fork and plate, O…

Her Voice

Her voice is petalled purest pink, It gives her hearers thoughts to drink, It binds the wounds of tattered hearts With woman’s ways and woman’s arts. Her voice names Truth and calls it out When others’ souls begin to doubt; And tender as a flower’s face, Her voice breathes hope, and light, and grace. Her…

You

You. Are. Beautiful. Your soul. Your spirit. Your pain. Your struggles. Your skin packages your memories, your experiences, failures and foibles, talents and triumphs, your truest self. Give yourself time. Time to recognize your beauty. Time to grow into your beauty. Time to own and voice what is yours. You…