SCROLLING

SCROLLING

I scroll the news

but cannot bear to hear

one more story of tragedy or Fear

Forests aflame; people in pain

It all comes roaring in.

I walk slowly into the day

Breathing the sound of trees

moving in the wind

Needles fall like gold dust

drifting down.

A small brown squirrel startles

in his journey along the rail.

We lock eyes

and both say “eeek”

at the same time.

A bird calls out

its voice echoing in the forest

I answer– calling out my prayer

“May I, in this moment, be at home

here with you.”

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SKY BIRD

SKY BIRD

This morning a giant bird spanned the sky.

White clouds became feathers rippling

tail tips touching ocean

body winging toward the East

where the sun cast gold across the dunes.

In the town

the sleepers do not know

that they are wrapped in comforters of Radiance.

And I, a tiny speck on the shore

look up –and for a moment soar.

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SIGHTINGS


(In memory of my Collie friend , Tara)

I am sitting in the garden

surrounded by blue forget me nots 

The dark shadow of a hawk

passes over

curved beak silhouetted 

against the sky

Bird conversations 

loud in the forest

 What are they saying?

A flock of geese overhead

splitting the silence

with their cries 

A Barred Owl dead beside the Lane

A sacrifice

it’s body perfectly marked. 

This morning on the  beach

an eagle flew low

toward the ocean

Three candles lit

remembering–

flames dancing

in a golden ring 

Life Death, Life…

They sing.. 

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BELTANE BLESSINGS

HE SPIRITS OF THE FOREST WISH YOU A JOYOUS BELTANE

At this tie in the seasonal wheel, the energy is rising. Earth blossoms. We celebrate our joy in being alive. In the old cultures, people believed that when we give each other love and pleasure, the whole Earth is pleased. Flowers bloom brighter; birds sing more joyously, and the body of Earth is fertile, for Earth is a living being and all her creatures are part of her body. The veil between worlds is thin on Beltane; Nature Spirits come close, waiting for the moment when we are able to see. On your walk today, let your heart “see” the Beauty around you. Send out your love.

When we learn to love the living creatures of the earth, when we listen to the voices of the trees, the flowers and the birds, when we recognize that all around us a great conversation is taking place, if we have ears to hear, then the world becomes again a place of magic.” Starhawk

On this day, know that love is in and all around you. Make yourself permeable to love. What does the power of Love bring alive in you? What growth does it engender?

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SPRING EQUINOX BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS OF SPRING EQUINOX

We stand at the Gateway of Spring. Dark and Light are momentarily balanced. After Spring Equinox, every day is brighter than the one before as Earth blossoms into Spring.

At Wanderland, the forest has turned a psychedelic green– the closest I can come in naming it is Chartreuse, but it glows, so it almost looks gold. For a moment I think there is something wrong with my eyes. But no, it is the forest coming back to life. Along the trail, a hill of trilliums pushes through the moss. They are the sacred Lily of this forest, glowing white, tri-petaled, beloved of the goddess.

Today, as the forest glows around me, I know that Kore, the World Soul, has once more returned, and we are in a new Season of growth. I am grateful to see another Spring. My heart gladdens as old friends reappear: skunk cabbage, colts foot, oxalis, huckleberry, trillium…A miracle of rebirth everywhere, a forest coming alive again after a winter down under.

As a way of celebrating this new birthing, take time to walk on the Earth. As you walk, greet returning plants, new growth, new blooming. Welcome them back, See their Beauty. Offer them thanks. Then sit in silence and allow this energy of new growth to fill you. What is unfurling in you? What are you dreaming into form? Record this in words or images on a quarter sheet of paper. Roll the paper into a scroll, tie with ribbon and hang outside to receive the blessing of sun, wind, and rain.

Traditional Chant to the Goddess Kore

Her name cannot be spoken,

Her face was not forgotten,

Her power is to open,

Her promise can never be broken.

All sleeping seeds She wakens

The rainbow is Her token

Now winter’s power is taken,

In love all chains are broken.

All seeds She deeply buries,

She weaves the thread of seasons

Her secret, darkness carries.

She loves beyond all reason.

She changes everything She touches, and

Everything She touches, changes.

Change is, touch is. Touch is, change is.

Change us! Touch us! Touch us! Change us!

Everything lost is found again,

In a new form. In a new way.

Everything hurt is healed again.

In a new life, In a new day

Kore Chant

Her name cannot be spoken,

Her face was not forgotten,

Her power is to open,

Her promise can never be broken.

All sleeping seeds She wakens

The rainbow is Her token

Now winter’s power is taken,

In love all chains are broken.

All seeds She deeply buries,

She weaves the thread of seasons

Her secret, darkness carries.

She loves beyond all reason.

She changes everything She touches, and

Everything She touches, changes.

Change is, touch is. Touch is, change is.

Change us! Touch us! Touch us! Change us!

Everything lost is found again,

In a new form. In a new way.

Everything hurt is healed again.

In a new life, In a new day

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