Week 14: Earth
Year 2021. What does it mean to you? To Addie and I, it is full of hope and promise. It is a turning point. The beginning of the end of a pandemic. The end of a volatile presidency and a return to sensible governance. The end of quarantines, isolation, and social distancing and a return to physical human interaction. We will once again congregate, gather with those we love, see them up close, touch and feel again … not in an impersonal virtual space, but in the very real and beautiful world.
The 14th theme for the year is Earth.
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Roots Into The Earth
A peasant boy gathers wildflowers
for a girl—a ghost of a girl—he once saw,
summers-a lifetime-an aeon ago,
dancing, singing, alone by a creek, fringed by a hot sky
that burned the tall grasses golden.
He imagines her dirty, lily-white feet, stamping, pirouetting,
He imagines her toes curling, timidly testing the cool, clear water—
perhaps it is too cold—
but what does it matter when there is so much life and love,
in all this sun and song?
ABOUT THE PAINTING & POETRY PROJECT
We want to celebrate 2021 with an outpouring of creativity and optimism!
We’ve selected 52 themes (one theme per week for the year), and each week for 2021, I will write a poem and Addie will paint a painting inspired by that theme.
This is the sort of big project that artists live for … where we can say what we yearn to say. Big picture stuff. Heart wrenching stuff. Expect surprises, love, and a passion for life.
Check out Addie’s art studio — Studio Alchemy:
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