Thursday, May 21, 2020

Nature & Poetry Soothe Souls

The pandemic continues with new regulations.  Each day there are additions to how life will proceed for instance some Long Island beaches, our beautiful treasures, will open this weekend with limited access.  While I am a true afficiondo of beachside walks, I am worried about the influx of beachgoers who do not pay attention to the ruling about wearing masks while walking.  Nature is a healer so I will continue being safe taking a neighborhood walk. Mary Oliver 's inspirational quote will be in my thoughts.  " Hello, sun in my face. Hello you made the morning and spread it over the fields... Watch, not, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."

Since it is National Memo Day, I decided to write a memo to Mother Nature in a poetic format. 

To: Mother Nature
From:  CVarsalona, Nature Lover
Date:  National Memo Day 2020
Subject: Nature's Beauty

In gratitude for your artistry,
I request that you continue
painting Sky with sunshine
Earth with rich colors of Spring,
always #SharingPlanetBeauty so
hearts heavy with pandemic woes
heal as we honor life as is.
©CV, 2020

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As the host of Poetry Friday this week, I invite you to enjoy a mini-meditation* with this Nature Nurtures 2020 Gallery SNEAK PEEK.
(*word coined by Laura Purdie Salas)
Terje Akke & CVarsalona 
CVarsalona

Matt F. Esenwine

Michelle Kogan

Margaret Simon
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There are many more image poems on the Nature Nurtures! Padlet that can be viewed here.  If you offered an artistic expression for #NatureNurtures2020 Gallery, please include it on the padlet and send it to my Twitter handle, @cvarsalona and gallery hashtag.  If you would like to send me an offering for the gallery, please send it to my email, cvarsalona at gmail,  by tomorrow night. 

Take a deep breath and enjoy our first Memorial Day Weekend during quarantine life but first read this beautiful quote sent in by Tabatha Yeatts.

Please add your Poetry Friday post here so guests can enjoy more poetry goodness.

34 comments:

  1. Carol, once again you've amassed a wonderful collection of images and poems. Thank you so much for sharing your Nature Natures gallery and your original poem today. I, too, find so much solace in nature. Thanks for hosting this week!

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  2. A memo! What a perfectly fun idea. I love that you speak to Mother Nature this way. It's so...so...Carol! Those lines, 'sky on the ground/little beating hearts" are too precious. Thank you for always bringing the beauty, always speaking to our Mother Nature. It's a lovely place to visit, this blog, each week.

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  3. I love your nature filled poetry post Carol, all the blue flowers, and your gorgeous memo-request poem "To: Mother Nature." Thanks for including my lollipop tulips, and your post's drink of beauty!

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  4. Beautiful, peaceful imagery, Carol! A real respite. Thanks!

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  5. Your memo poem is so charming! Thanks for the Nature Nurtures Sneak Peek! A calming and lovely gallery - meditation much appreciated at this time. Have a peaceful, restorative weekend and thanks for hosting!

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  6. Thanks for hosting! Three cheers for nature, and for Mary Oliver.

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  7. You had me at your "sky on the ground" Mary Oliver's "you made the morning and spread it over the fields"

    I, too, am challenged by those who don't even wear bandanas around their necks until someone comes into view.

    I, too, find healing in nature. I kiss the feet of the trails now open in California!

    (My link about a new-to-me poetry form goes live on Friday morning)

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Carol - and for including my little contribution along with your "memo" and all these beautiful images!

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  9. Lovely collection, Carol! Thank you so much for the work you do, and for hosting this week. It is like a little blessing for my day.

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  10. What a restful place this is to visit. Thank-you for nurturing us, Carol, as you host the Poetry Friday roundup. Your memo poem looks and sounds delightful - and the blue collection makes me feel anything but blue!

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  11. Carol, your posts are always like a deep breath. So much rich imagery and poetry goodness is indeed nurturing. Thanks for hosting the roundup this week.

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  12. You'll see in my post, Carol, that I changed my description of your gallery from a bouquet to a flower shop! It is a joy every time to read (and see) everyone's contribution, to be in the company of those who love nature really does mean we're all together! And your memo to Mother Nature, a boss's note, respectful but definitely firm. I'm grateful you called for the painting of the sky with sunshine! Thank you for every bit and for hosting!

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  13. Thank you, Carol, for providing all of this beauty and r-e-s-t during these challenging days. Thanks for gathering up so much goodness, and for hosting the Roundup, too! (I was nodding along to your post - mixes of gratefulness and concern - after sharing some similar thoughts at my place.) Take good care, and virtual hugs from the Lowcountry....

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  14. I love the solace that your poem (and this entire post) offers. Thank you, Carol! A welcome respite. :)

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  15. Love the Russ Harris quote and all the beautiful words in these poems that are helping me hold steady. Thanks for the sharing and the hosting, Carol!

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  16. Thank you for hosting with all this bounty. I love the memo poem!

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  17. Thank you for hosting, Carol. Your memo poem is perfect "as is". And the gallery you curated is lovely. :)

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  18. Thank you for hosting Carol and for sharing all this natural beauty. I particularly enjoyed the words -'Blue beauty, sky on the ground.' It helps that blue is a favourite colour of mine. The imagery shines through in these delicate pieces.

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  19. I love that you address Mother Nature directly with so much gratitude. Thank you for collecting all of these.

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  20. Carol, you inspire! Thank you for sharing this bounty with us in your unique wild and precious way. xo

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  21. Carol, thank you for hosting and I love the memo format of your poem.

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  22. Thank you for hosting and nature is saving me many days during this pandemic.

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  23. I am with you in my gratitude for Mother Nature. She does nurture, especially now. Thank you for hosting. I wish you a continued lovely spring... xx

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  24. Love the gift of poetry you gave us today and the beautiful photos too. There's something very calming about Mother Nature in the midst of our current situation. This week has been mostly cloudy for us. I've missed Sky painting sunshine, but there have been a few welcome sun breaks.

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  25. Hello, dear friend. Thank you for not only hosting, but collecting a gallery of springtime healing and loveliness. Your memo has a prayer-like quality to it that is soothing, Carol. Be well.

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  26. Hello Carol! Thank you for hosting! I love the 15 words or less poems of presence and was very inspired by all the floral poems. Have a lovely weekend!

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  27. Hello Carol! Thank you for hosting! I love the 15 words or less poems of presence and was very inspired by all the floral poems. Have a lovely weekend!

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  28. I'll have to come back and savor your post -- today is my day to put my classroom to bed. I won't come close to finishing, but I've got to give it my best shot! Thanks for hosting us!

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  29. I love your memo to Mother Nature. And the nature nurtures picture poems are soothing and lovely. Thanks for sharing them--and thanks for hosting, too.

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  30. "Honoring life as is" is so important at this time. Thanks for your lovely gallery of flowering surprise.

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  31. Nature is a healer - so true. I love the gift of photos and poetry that you share with the world.

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  32. So much beauty here, Carol! Thank you for always celebrating nature and beauty and hope.

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  33. Both the quote and all the lovelies you shared are bringing my blood pressure down. Thank you!

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  34. Good heavens, Carol--I just finally went to look at the Padlet and wow! That is a) a lot of work neatly completed, and b) a fantastic collection of little slow breaths. Thank you, thank you for this gallery in particular, and for including me in it.

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