The shelling has stopped. There’s ceasefire, or ceasefires. After the nauseating devastation of the past few weeks, I want to do something in response to ceasefire. To preserve seven fragile days’ quiet. There’s so little to contribute from one pair of hands, one computer, one home, on this side of the world. Except more art. And another vigil.
I return to the hand. My hands. The Chamsa / Hamsa / Khamsa hand, hand of Miriam, Marjam or Fatima, shared icon of fortune. For me, the hand is a symbol of peace and friendship.
One hand outstretched each day, ready for relationship. Eight days a week, this week, for peace.
(left to right): 1. Susan Hajjar’s crochet Chamsa pattern; 2. my own double-knitted Hamsa leaf pattern (both on their way to the TikkunTree); 3. transparent (glue) Hamsa; 4-8. copper and alloy foil Hamsas.
(additional images of the Hamsa Vigil here).