The Void

I am being filled
from the inside out
by a great void.

A vast spaciousness
covered by the thin skin
of identity.

© Jill Joy July 29, 2012


Let Your Heart Break Open

Let your heart break open
Let it fill with light
Try not to worry
What’s wrong or what’s right

Surrender to the mystery
To the love that transcends form
Everything that is real
Is beyond harm

© Jill Joy 2008

Love and Betrayal

Jill Joy - Love and Betrayal - mixed media on canvas - 48x72" 2007 $4,300 US

Jill Joy – Love and Betrayal – mixed media on canvas – 48×72″ 2007 $4,300 US

I painted this painting several years ago, it’s called Love and Betrayal. An alternate title could be “Human Love”. At the same time I painted this I painted another called “Divine Love” about something more constant, more lasting perhaps. But when we love each other, truly love each other, I think we are tapping into something of the divine. If you notice across the top is the word “transcendence” that traverses the words love and betrayal. Painting this was my way of transcending both the pleasure and the pain.

The words at the top are by Rumi, about the agony of lovers, how they burn with the fire of their passion and how it leaves a trace – “The wailing of broken hearts is the doorway to God”. The poems below are mine written, on the right, about the ecstasy of falling in love and, on the left, the agony of having it end redeemed by self love. Not the love necessarily, but the relationship.

It’s mixed media on canvas, acrylic paint and oil based markers.


Constant Companion

The pain of missing you
Is my constant companion
A deep little ache
I check in on from time to time
Strongest when I wake
Dreams of you fade
I remember I am alone

You say it’s over
But my feelings are stalwart
They do not subside
They do not back down
To passing circumstances
They are a reality
All their own

Despite your denial
They do not recede
They do not wane
They do not falter

© Jill Joy June 2012