Love Note: Being Found on Earth Day

Hello Dear Ones-

Happy Earth Day!  In honor of this special day I am sharing with you the writings of poets David Wagoner and Gregory Orr.   In the poem Lost Wagoner beckons us to still our busy selves in order to be in the sacred space of the present and to allow ourselves to be immersed in the natural world.  If you were to become so quiet and attentive, do you suppose that your soulful senses would hear the breath of the forest, and recognize the distinctive beauty of each tree?

I am warmed by Orr’s mention of beloved elements of nature (the moon, in this case) that faithfully return each day to us, patiently awaiting our engagement… dancing waves, gentle breezes, outstretched tree limbs… ever-inviting.

I am grateful for this patience, and for these reminders of what lies at the heart of our Earthly experience.

May your Earth Day filled with noticed blessings!

David Wagoner…

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

Has the Moon Been Up There?
Gregory Orr

Has the moon been up there
All these nights
And I never noticed?

A whole week with my nose
To the ground, to the grind.

And the beloved faithfully
Returning each evening
As the moon.

Where have I been?
Who has abandoned whom?