It is wondrous how nature just does what it’s supposed to do. On it’s own. Without our help. Animals are the same. When It came time for Maggie, (who started out as a foster from the shelter) to deliver her puppies, as sick as she was, and emaciated, she just did what she was supposed to do. I have a few bulbs scattered around my front and back yard, and completely forget about them throughout the year, until a day like today. There they were, not just poking ever so slightly up from the ground, but UP. Something to marvel at.
I found my poem for January that I had mentioned in my last post. It is by Alice Walker, and is about three women writers who wrote during the twenties and thirties. At some point in their careers, each left the “career” of writing and went searching for the heart of writing, Life itself. One lived in a one room cabin and raised her own food, another became a Quaker and country philosopher, the third, a nurse.
The poem is titled “Light Baggage”
there is a magic
lingering after people
to whom success is merely personal.
who, when the public prepares a feast
for their belated acceptance parties,
pack it up like light baggage
and disappear into the swamps of Florida
or go looking for newer Gods
in the Oak tree country
Or decide, quite suddenly, to try nursing,
midwifery, anonymous among the sick and poor.
Stories about such people
tell us little;
and if a hundred photographs survive
each one will show a different face.
someone out of step. alone out there, absorbed;
fishing in the waters of experience
a slouched back against the shoulders
of the world.
In between my mixed media pieces and caring for shelter animals, I’m trying to sketch.
I used some watercolor pencils, which I hadn’t tried before.
Poetry, art, literature, music. Find something to marvel at.