Poetry is not a Luxury

https://makinglearning.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/poetry-is-not-a-luxury-audre-lorde.pdf Poetry Is Not a Luxury (1985) Audre LordeThe quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our Read more about Poetry is not a Luxury[…]

January

Stirrings. January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. Winter light. Naked trees and Moons. Dark skies and stars. Quieten, draw in, Ice and snow swirl and whirlbreathe slow. Settle. Cwtch in.blankets and candles.journals and books.lamplight and shadows.Fire Drop. the seeds are held deep in the earthRest in mystery. place of all Read more about January[…]

Winter

Early Winter. midway between Samhain and winter solstice end nov 26th or beginning of advent Slow down, release grip, let go, make space, fall into arms of earth  – savasana  Drawing in. Turning in. lie fallow – land ploughed and harrowed left for a period without being sown in order to restore its fertilitymulch Rest in the Read more about Winter[…]

Look Carefully

Hokusai says look carefully.He says pay attention, notice.He says keep looking, stay curious.He says there is no end to seeing. He says look forward to getting old.He says keep changing,you just get more who you really are.He says get stuck, accept it, repeatyourself as long as it is interesting. He says keep doing what you Read more about Look Carefully[…]

Thoreau – On Walden

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living Read more about Thoreau – On Walden[…]

Autumn

Lammas – 3pm August First harvest Virgo new moon September  September, or Hāligmonath, meaning “holy month,” when celebrations and religious festivals would be held to celebrate a successful summer’s crop. Holy, wood, harvest or barley month. Celtic- Singing moon Medieval- Barley moon Native American- Corn moon Harvest moon Fruit moon Cherokee – Nut moon Hydrangea blooming Read more about Autumn[…]

For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet

Joy Harjo Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that bottle of pop. Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control. Open the door, then close it behind you. Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essences of plants to clean. Give it back with gratitude. If Read more about For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet[…]