Splitting the Heart

Ruel's wooden bald eagle.

Older folks have so many stories to tell if only someone will take the time to ask and listen.  I always enjoy hearing stories of life before my time. I worked for a boss who was in his seventies and when asked about his past, he told us some most interesting stories. It reminds me of taking a log and splitting it open to see what is in the center. When you cut to the into the log you begin to see the beautiful wood grain that has come from years of growth. When planed down, that grain becomes a work of art, a thing of beauty. The same is true when people share their heart. Take time to listen and ask question. It is amazing what you will hear.

Splitting the Heart

Memories are meant to be opened

Just as a log is meant to be split

Revealing the beauty of its past

Grains rich with uniqueness

Only seen when the heart is opened`

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Layers of memories like wood grain

Embedded in the heart of our being

Appreciated only when they are revealed

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Some logs lay for years

Preserved by the swamp in which they lie

Only to be found, opened, and viewed with awe

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Others rot away

Destroyed by circumstances beyond their control

Memories lost in the compost heap of time

 

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Some go up in flames

Fleeting memories

Soon lost in smoke and ashes

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Beauty lies not in the rugged bark

Nor in the gnarled limbs

But in the split layers of the heart

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Inner beauty laid bare… uniqueness of the soul

Cherished memories… the story our life

 

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Wood sculpture by Ruel Detweiler –  Bald Eagle Intarsia 15″ wide x 26″ tall
Woods used: Aspen, Walnut, Red Bay, Spalted Birch, Mulberry and Poplar. No stains used; all natural color.

The red oak bench made from recycled truck racks by Dwight Roth.

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