The Dragon Fly is one of my spirit animals, an archetypal image that returns and returns in the works; a very early childhood memory of watching Dragonflys swoop and dart in and out of the ethereal evening sun at the riverside. In all cultures' from the indigenous to the occidental, the Dragonfly is symbolic of change; "self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. .Japan made the dragonfly its national emblem. It is a symbol of joy and rebirth. In some Native American traditions, it is also a symbol of the departed souls. For the Mayan, the dragonfly is the emblematic animal of the goddess of creativity, Ix Chel. It is said that the dragonfly’s wings and magical songs revived her after she was almost killed."
To quote Octavia Butler, "Change is God"
The original acrylic & mixed media painting now in private collection,
entitled Blu Dragon or Dreaming the Dragon. & The BlU Dragon V-Neck.
Excerpt from The Language of Listening, image and prose by Pamella Allen:
Ritual to bring water
Ritual to bring Rain
Water to quench your parched earth
Water to quench your thirst
We dance to bring down the baby
We dance the coming birth
We stomp, we drum down the dead
To carry the soul on ahead
We sing and chant the pain away
We sing and chant insane away
They say to pray the devil away
And some to even make him stay.
Pamella Allen 2014