We, as a group of artist mothers from all over the world, are making it our priority to turn off the tv and the video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelens our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project. The goal of this collaborative is to journey “Into Something Better”.
Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.
It’s been a summer of fast days. We spend as much time as we can outdoors soaking it all in. But truth be told, while they of course, are enjoying the outdoors, it’s mostly me soaking in their beautiful souls, just watching them, trying to burn these moments into my mind. My stomach turns to knots sometimes when I think about how quickly they are growing up. I try to just enjoy the small moments we have together and to hold back the emotions. They’re such sweet, kind boys. Very intuitive, these souls. We enjoyed our morning at the park, and then I dropped and broke my lens! (hazard of freelensing!! :D) So half of these are with a rigged up lens, I just popped the glass back in and another part and made do! Now, After you take a moment and look at our morning fun below, please be sure to go around the full blog circle beginning with Anna Larson here.