SoulCollage® – Community Suit – Kids in Cages

SoulCollage® – Community Suit – Kids in Cages

I’ve been feeling weighed down and wearied by the shadow energies I feel are at work in our country these days. Recently I began creating a new series of  SoulCollage® cards that I think of as “American Shadow” cards. May we work together to bring balance to the shadows within ourselves, our nation and the world.

SoulCollage® – Community Suit – Kids in Cages

The Liberty Bell still tolls
but not for thee
oh Child of the Brown Skinned Mother
Its crack has become
a chasm
to swallow you whole

The open arms of Freedom and Justice
have ripped you from
your mother’s breast
Given you hard floors and bars
to replace her
as deaf ears ignore your cries

There is no room at the inn
for Christ-like compassion
Religion is a sword to wield against you
The beacon on the hill
is naught but a siren’s song
calling you in to be bashed against the rocks

Brilliant words of vision and hope
spill off the weathered parchment
to scatter on the wind
as Lady Liberty weeps into
the shreds of a burning flag

Claire Perkins

After You Jump

After You Jump, digital collage
created on Polyvore by Claire Perkins, aka Artful Alchemist

“After you jump and before you land is god.”

Great quote from Gabrielle Roth (RIP), the creator of the 5 Rhythms dance movement. (

This morning it reminds me that it’s not about where your feet will land, it’s in the open free fall of just jumping that you find (and are found by) your soul.

So just jump.