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Titled Cyborg, this is an interesting take on the Devil. In the foreground, we have the Cyborg, a clockwork creature with gears showing at his neck and spikes protruding from his skull. He holds a mask with goat horns just in front of him, while a tear rolls from the one blue eye we can see. In the background is a red-headed woman, naked and bound to a wheeled chair, with a chain attached to it that leads to the Cyborg.
That tear rolling down an otherwise expressionless face is striking! Is the Cyborg holding the woman captive, or is he her mechanical slave in a twisted play? Or could he be someone else's tool in this game of cat-and-mouse? Who is trapped, and what binds them?
What I see in this card today is my son. Firstly, because he is a cyborg, dependent on technological implants in order to survive. Although that's not unusual these days, his implant is less subtle and less common than a pacemaker or hearing device.
Secondly, I see my own pain and demons around him. I'm going to the first birthday party of one of my goddaughters today, but Big Boy isn't going with me. That's because it's his last day of school, and he'd rather be there saying goodbye to his friends and teachers (plus we can't just take him out of school for a party). However, it means I will be at a party with lots of normal children, and without being able to see my lovely boy and give him a cuddle to stave off the demons. Perhaps this card is a reminder that I can use technology to help in this case: looking at a picture of Big Boy to remind myself how much I love him, in spite of his differences and difficulties.
I am grateful for technology.