Guayacan (Lignum vitae) on white marble slab
Wood: 10.5"H x 41"W x 15"D; Base: 0.75"H x 48"W x 21"D
After a poem by my poetess aunt, Ashraf, circa 1980:
Life has worn me out,
Rudeness has tattered my senses,
Hypocrisy has repulsed me;
Oh, Destiny, I'm tired of my hidden sorrows.
Guayacan is very similar to ebony; it is very dense and with aging becomes almost black. The stump used for the statue was at least 200 years old when it was dug up in the 1930s from a sugarcane field in Puerto Rico.