Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Message from the Little Grandmother





Happy Saturday, my fellow Toads! I hope this message from the Little Grandmother, Kiesha Crowther,  lifts your heart and inspires you to know that, no matter how many terrifying and horrible images we see on the evening news,  we still, each in our own way, have the power to make a difference in the corner where we are. We have much that we can contribute ~ to this earth, and to other beings.

April is the month of the Pink Moon. This Moon has a dark star, which shines across the abyss, reminding us that we are made of the same stuff as the stars. That's what keeps us looking up, into the heavens, feeling our connection to the unfathomable beauty and mystery of the spheres.

Here on earth,  things are not too rosy. How do we keep our spirit strong and hopeful, in a world ruled by warring nations, where humankind is at war with each other, and with nature itself? How do we deal with the heartbreak, we who know we are all connected to every other being on the planet, yet watching humans destroying other humans, wildlife, resources?

Where does our wild nature go, that wants to run joyously through the trees, watching the devastated hillsides, all the trees  cut down and taken away in trucks? How do we keep our hearts from breaking, when we see wolves being shot from helicopters on the news, and it is all just so terribly wrong? How do we hold the dream of beauty that is the earth itself, against the nightmare human beings are enacting everywhere?

We try to keep our balance, between the horrifying images we see on our television and computer screens, and  our deep knowing of the beautiful, wild, living Mother Earth we love so much, who shines her beauty on us, even while we are so wantonly destructive. We know how we are meant to be. How do we be it, when we see a million others exuding war, hatred and devastation? We who know must hold tightly our vision of the beauty of Mother Earth, support her in her struggle to survive the assault of humankind. She needs our help now as never before.

Your challenge: Write about how you manage to maintain that balance, how you hold onto the beauty and the hope. Write about what heals you, or about any facet of this conversation that resonates with you. I'm easy, and I will truly love everything you write!






25 comments:

ccchampagne said...

Beautiful prompt, Sherry! Didn't have a chance to do the rounds yesterday, but will make an attempt at doing better today (bad cold, lots to do). This is an interesting topic!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I was awake and reading H is for Hawk, a fascinating account of a young woman's relationship with a goshawk after the death of her father, when it occurred to me to check in. I am so looking forward to reading everyone's responses as morning arrives and the day goes on.

Kerry O'Connor said...

"I am only one but I am one."

This message is so inspirational.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Such night owls we are! I love that too - "I am only one, but I am one."

Kerry O'Connor said...

It's mid-morning on my side of the world, Sherry.

:-)

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i was awake at 3am, mi amiga, but i was reading and thought i'd come on to see what goes on in the cyber world at 3am. usually i'm not up until 4am.

love this platform for all of us to make sometihing happen through words, at minimum.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello everyone,

Well, it is true that life is full of so many problems. How many times have we wished that it could all go away? But guess what? The answer lies within us. It is we would can make a difference in this world. Inspire people.


Sharing my most cherished poem. The very 1st one.
Hope you like it.
Thanks Sherry for the opportunity.
xoxo

Other Mary said...

Er...I didn't exactly follow the prompt, strictly speaking, but I hope it's ok that I linked here anyway.

Gillena Cox said...

wow this one's a winner

thanks for keeping our poetic muses alert

much love...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

LOL, not a night-owl then, Kerry!

Marco, I was reading the most fascinating book about a girl training a groshawk, H is for Hawk. I read for hours.

And Mary, I am so happy you linked here. The seasons are completely on topic.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sanaa, I am so happy you posted your first and most cherished poem. That makes me happy.

hedgewitch said...

Apologies to Sherry and MZ----I am having trouble wrestling my words into shape for the last two prompts...they seem to have a will of their own, and in April, they can wear you down in that arm-wrestling match.

Susan said...

"I am only one, but I am one."
I found the videotape very inspiring. I am going to write two poems! Haha.

Hannah said...

Thank you for the inspiration, Sherry!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

No apologies needed, Joy. What you are writing is magnificent!!!!

Thank you all for the wonderfully rich and beautiful poems you linked. I have had the most wonderful time reading them.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My pleasure Sherry :D

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks so much Sherry for the beautiful challenge.

Marian said...

Thank you so much, Sherry. This is just wonderful and a message that I needed to hear, right now and on repeat.

I apologize to all for falling behind on reading all of your entries for the last couple days... it's my daughter's birthday today, which is just, wow. I have a couple extra days off work and we are enjoying some wonderful family time. I feel grateful for having been able to write every day so far in April, and I'm here and will catch up with all of you. xoxoxo and keep the faith! And imagine me awash in birthday cake. Grin!

Hannah said...

I went ahead and finished what I had originally started in my journal this morning that was for this...more befitting, I think...on topic. :)

I'm grateful for the inspiration, Sherry and thankful for the readers and their words. ♥

grapeling said...

sort of to the prompt, Sherry :) ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

The prompts go up for me late afternoon / early evening. I find time in the evening — often when I finally hop into bed — to write a draft; then in the morning discover that it's good to go, or else that it needs some tweaking or, like today's offering, a whole rewrite. I like the way this works for me — a good schedule.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

It has been a lovely day, my friends, and I have enjoyed it so much. Thank you all for your wonderful offerings. I'll keep checking back. Looking forward to tomorrow's and I cheated, I peeked and have one ready for morning, LOL. I am loving April.

Outlawyer said...

Sherry-- I wrote the poem in response to the prompt but it is a very idea of what helps me get through this chaos--I don't know--thanks for the lovely prompt! (I am getting very tired!) k.

Ella said...

Thank-you, Sherry! Sorry, I am late to the party-we had company~ I would like to try to write again, when I have more time alone~
Thank-you for a beautiful prompt-to find this balance is hard, but we poets try to see beyond!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

A bit late, but this us my response.