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I really, really like this poem, Cry Out In Your Weakness, I found over at dailyrumi:

A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth.

A courageous man went and rescued the bear.
There are such helpers in the world, who rush to save
anyone who cries out. Like Mercy itself,
they run toward the screaming.

And they can't be bought off.
If you were to ask one of those, “Why did you come
so quickly?” he or she would say, “Because I heard
your helplessness.”

Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.

And don't just ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
of consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music.

Push the hair our of your eyes.
Blow the phlegm from your nose,
and from your brain.

Let the wind breeze through.
Leave no residue in yourself from that bilious fever.
Take the cure for impotence,
that your manhood may shoot forth,
and a hundred new beings come of your coming.

Tear the binding from around the foot
of your soul, and let it race around the track
in front of the crowd. Loosen the knot of greed
so tight around your neck. Accept your new good luck.

Give your weakness
to one who helps.

Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.

Just a little beginning whimper,
and she's there.

God created the child, that is, your wanting,
so that it might cry out,
so that milk might come.

Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of loving flow into you.

The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.

Be patient.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.

Ignore those that make you fearful
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease and death.

version by Coleman Barks
from "The Essential Rumi"

I thought it was beautiful. Rumi does wonderful things for my soul.

(So many great things that I'm compelled to share, so I'm cross-posting to boob_nazis, doulas, alternparents, birthing_fun, and ahavah. When I like it, I pimp it. Hope you enjoy.)

So after I read that, I realized I never shared my breastfeeding icons that I made. I'd wanted to do a whole big post about the Livejournal discrimination thing, but I just couldn't get motivated to put more energy into that. I figure most of my friends list knows what that was about anyway. For those of you who don't, basically Livejournal was doing a mass-suspension of mothers who had breastfeeding default icons. This perpetuates a great ignorance that goes on in this country, and blatantly discriminates women ("man boobs" are fine). It really hurts and saddens me on so many levels.

As it happens, I downloaded the GIMP - a free image manipulation program. I've joined several great communities, gimp_users, gimp_resource, and the new gimp_tutorial. I've been playing around, learning how to make icons. I was inspired to do breastfeeding icons - several appropriate for defaults, but others not so much. Feel free to use any that you like. I had a lot of fun playing with this. Let me know which ones you like.

#1. Teaser: LJApproved Irony (this is my favorite, because I love the picture of Ivy):

#2. Boycott Nestle:

#3. Obscene?:

#4. LJ Approved:

#5. Not Indecent:

Default Appropriate:

#6. Breastfed:

#7. Breastfed2:

I have some more paintings I could use, if anyone wanted one. :) Hope you enjoy.


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Jun. 29th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
I use GIMP too, but I heard somewhere that GIMP has spyware...have you heard anything about that?

my husbands passwords were stolen recently and someone charged $800 on his credit card! Luckily he caught it in time.

we don't know what happened, but at one point I had installed GIMP on his machine. I just pray it was a rumor. :(
Jun. 29th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
This was just answered here in gimp_users. No, it doesn't have spyware. Just a rumor.
Jun. 29th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
PHEW! *wipes brow* really glad to hear that I am just starting to kind of understand how to use it.
Jun. 29th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Me, too! It was hard, because for some reason I could never get the Help files to download. But I highly recommend checking out those communities. They're great. I'm learning one tutorial at a time, and Grokking the GIMP is also a good site.
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Jun. 29th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
You've seen them everywhere? I've seen other people's icons, but haven't seen anyone using the ones I've made. I'd love to see if you know where!
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I love that LJ Irony icon you use. It is good. I really wanted to comment on the poem though. I commented in the dailyrumi group already but I wanted to say again. I love this poem. My favorite lines are

"Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure."

Although the last two stanzas speak so clearly to me. It really is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it again.
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I pimped the hell out of rumi yesterday. Thanks for the feedback on the icon! I knew I'd waited too long... :P
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
i ::heart:: icon #5.
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's my newest one. I'm glad you like it. It's hard right now, because she's starting to cut back on nursing a lot. She may be starting to wean herself already. :(
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: :)
how old is she now?
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: :)
Ivy's only 10.5 months. I nursed Eden for 18 months. But in the last week or two, Ivy has pretty much been wanting 'big girl' food. She doesn't even want her baby food. She wants to be fed what we're eating. She nurses at night, and maybe once or twice during the day. That's a BIG change, and hard on my poor boobies! LOL! Eden weaned off gradually, and I'm used to the sudden change where they get so full that they *hurt*. I need to get some green cabbage...I think that's what I heard.
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: :)
What if you express and give it to her in a sippy or sttaw cup. She may just be going on a "nursing strike" because she is becoming more independent. We were just discussing this today at my breastfeeding counselor class.

kellymom.com says, "when babies abruptly stop nursing, it's a nursing strike - not weaning. babies rarely wean on their own before 18-24 months, and self-weaning is almost never abrupt...as long as baby is not nursing as often as before, you'll want to express milk to maintain your supply, stay comfortable, and reduce the risk of plugged ducts and mastitis.


hope this helps,
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: :)
Oh, thanks so much! I'm looking for one piece on my pump. I figured it was ok timing, anyway. I'm on call for a birth, so I figured I could pump some extra for dad to have on hand, and maybe she won't take it as roughly to be home with dad all day. I'm relieved to hear that she's probably not weaning. I don't remember Eden going through that, and this is the first I've heard of the nursing strike. I'll check it out - and probably bookmark that page for my clients, too. Thanks!
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: :)
glad i could be of service.
Jul. 3rd, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
I just found this and I thought you would enjoy both the article and the site as well. It says that women who breastfeed are less likely to get diabetes later in life. Awesome!
Jul. 3rd, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome! Thanks so much! I'll look the whole site over in depth when I have a bit more time. I've bookmarked it, though. And I'll likely be passing it on. Thanks!
Jul. 3rd, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Your welcome sweetie. I had a feeling that would be right up your ally. :) BTW Your package was mailed out at 8:15 this morning. *hugs*
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so excited! *Happy dances all over the place*

Thank you so much!
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