The preponderance of rain-moistened days, gray skies, and news broadcasts moves me to paint the world in surrealistic color-gradient hues when slivers of sunshine break through.
The human need for social connections cannot be more heightened than now when shimmers of hope rise amidst the early days of spring. The delicate balance of life is cupped in hands outstretched, faces masked, and fatigued sighs. Through veiled visages and muted horizons, determination gives rise to strong voices ringing with expectation and faith in the human existence.
I offer the first installment of Nature Nurtures poems of hope rising from landscapes across the world. May nature nurture our loss of connections as we wait out the duration of this unexpected pandemic. I am encouraging more voices to join the chorus of united thoughts. Shelter in place is not a verdict of isolation, it is a chance to renew faith in life.
Kevin Hodgson from Massachusetts is the first to populate my Nature Nurtures! padlet.
Kevin Foley from Ireland captured a fiery sky. My thoughts followed his lead.
Jessica Bigi captured a glorious sunset that set my thoughts on fire.
I invite you to join me during National Poetry Month to bring voice and the artistry of nature into focus. Consider sending visuals, original photos of what you see around you. Let your nature photography, inspirational quotes, image poems, digital art, drawings, musical compositions, and/or poetry, carry songs of hope for a world in need of connection. With the theme, Nature Nurtures!, a gallery of artistic expressions and stories will evolve to heal troubled hearts throughout the globe during these challenging times. All are invited. Deadline: April 30, 2020. Reminder to add your offering to my Nature Nurtures! padlet and on social media using the hashtag, #NatureNurtures2020.
I am traveling over to Poetry Friday led by a poet with voice, Heidi Mordhorst at my little universe blogspot. Heidi is highlighting shelter in poetry.