Does not wisdom call
Lady Wisdom - Do you see her? She's at the front of the Memorial Day parade at a town nearby. At least that's how I see her. She's dressed in worn jeans and a favorite, comfortable shirt. And of course she wears hat, to shield the sun so that she can see everything as clearly as possible.
Unlike Lady Liberty - sculpted out of copper, standing strong as she welcomes the poor, the tired and those yearning to breathe free. Lady Wisdom is sculpted of flesh that feels the warm breeze at the parade. Her feet only as secure as the muscles in her legs. Lady Wisdom doesn't stand at the doorway welcoming others - she has a voice. She calls out.
Lady Wisdom is also unlike the blindfolded Lady justice - balanced in her stance, always judging righteousness. Lady Wisdom sees, she watches, "I have insight" she says. Did you know that there is a woman beside the Creator God of the Cistene Chapel?
There she is - beside God, surrounded by cherubs. Is that Lady Wisdom? Her flesh explosed, her hair golden and her eyes fixed. Fixed on the creation to be. Is her gaze certain? Or perhaps she's taking in every ounce of experience.
Wisdom is said to be Knowledge + Time.
Wisdom comes with scars typically. Wisdom comes from having lived through and in and with and despite. Wisdom is not clean. Wisdom digs in and forages for knowledge.
Lady Wisdom walks beside the town's marching band, noticing each student. She walks beside the mayor's convertible and talks with his grand daughter. Lady Wisdom stops at the old couple's house on the parade route - to shake hands? to feel wrinkled skin? She doesn't mind having to catch up with the parade.
Lady Wisdom sees the boundaries around us - us who live in skin. She sees the young, the old, the sick, the well, the poor, the wealthy, the strong, the weak, the tired, the rested, the secure, the frightened. When the music has ended and the speeches have all been made, I imagine she slowly makes her way to the crossroad again.
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