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Mandala Queen

A poem inspired by the honour of modelling the lovely Erica Wafford's design for Glastonbury Body Art Festival 2020, in benefit of Children's World

By Sandra Tena ColePublished 2 years ago Updated 8 months ago 1 min read
Body art by Erica Wafford. Photo by Fields of Light Photography. Model Sandra Cole.




Showing ever so slightly parts of me that had been hidden.


Growth, emotion, hope.


Reality unfolded, cosmic ratios becoming one again.


Measurements and waves and pleasure,

Magic unfolded in the layers of my self.

Layers of pain and joy and wisdom,

Cosmic release and expansion beyond.


My proportions glowing, undulating,

Happy to be flowing,

Happy to be on show.

Layers of Nature's shapes and psychic discoveries,

Layers of spiritual increase.

Art that creates the layers,

Layers that display the art,

Entering a state of glee as I frolic in the layers,

As I dance beneath the layers and the layers come undone,

As I revel in the layers and the real me is put on show,

Art and healing and light and shade,

Layers embracing me and layers displaying me,

Layers softening the path as I become.

And I become

Mandala Queen.

by Sandra Cole ~ Actress, Model, Writer, Witch, Mandala Queen

By Mark Pickthall

by Suzie Mcfadzean


With many thanks to the utterly amazing and inspiring Erica Jane Wafford for using me as her canvas for her gorgeous creation, and to all the photographers who captured the magic!! Photos taken during Glastonbury Body Art Festival 2020, in benefit of Children's World. The festival has not been able to go ahead this year due to the pandemic, so feel free to visit both their FB pages as well as my portfolio to show some support too. Another poem with similar vibes is Simply Me, and more poems about my body art model experience will come in the year, so watch this space!


About the Creator

Sandra Tena Cole

Actress, Model, Writer

Co-producer at His & Hers Theatre Company

Esoteric Practitioner


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  • Naveed about a month ago

    Very powerful beautiful poem!

  • Beautifully layered & wonderfully expressive.

  • Lilly Cooper9 months ago

    They are beautiful photos ❤️

  • Pauline Fountain9 months ago

    Reread twice for greater appreciation. Lost in your unfolding poetry plot. ‘Layers of Nature's shapes and psychic discoveries, Layers of spiritual increase. Art that creates the layers, Layers that display the art.’ Pauline 🌸

  • Cendrine Marrouat9 months ago

    Stunning photos and poem!

  • I thought I had read this, well I have now, brilliantly put together

  • Jonathan Townendabout a year ago

    Amazing. Beautiful colorful artistry at work.

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    The body art, photos, and poetry all blended so well together creating such a lovely thing. This was beautiful, well done :)

  • Such a fabulous poem and the photos are so beautiful!

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Magnificent!!! Loving the layers!!!💖💕

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Excellent poem and the pics are amazimg.

  • Kat Thorneabout a year ago

    Really cool concept, and those pictures are amazing!

  • Harvey Elwoodabout a year ago

    Powerful imagery! I love the use of repetition with the word layers which creates visual layers as well- so cool!

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