Great Blue Heron Earth Day Love Redux
There wading through grasses,
the birds lean skyward…
When the Green Shoots Come
We went out to watch
the comet that night
across the road,
where the break in the trees
opened to heaven.
The nights were warmer by then,
that April night,
and climbing the short fence
between roadway and nature,
you stumbled into grasses
left flattened by snow.
I broke your fall.
And do you remember
how i spun you to the East?
At my feet, the heron’s neck
bent at the wrong angle,
and the nylon filament
wrapped feathers and bone, flightless.
I never told you.
For five seasons now,
I’ve watched the marshes…
the geese, the swans, the coots…
One blue heron…
Wondering if they mate for life
like coyote? quail…loons…
For five seasons since…
Today i am enthralled
when the green shoots come
to the surface of the field
like an ocean of spring.
There wading through grasses,
the birds lean skyward
and, gathering momentum, rise up
Both of them.
14 April, 2003
Folks, I have written here before that this is a politics-free space. You won’t hear me advancing any political agenda. Posts here are not opinion pieces about current events.
HOWEVER, failing to weigh in on the heartbreaking events continuing to unfold in Europe would be exceedingly tone-deaf on my part.
I wrote back in December “Tis the season for wishes of peace on earth, goodwill to all. But wait. On second thought, why should those sentiments be extended only during the holiday season? I encourage peace on earth and goodwill to all for every season of the year. May 2022 bring you peace, health, happiness, and joy to all.”
And now in
February March nearlyApril, it seems my sentiment from only two threefour months ago has fallen on deaf ears. I continue to pray that it is still not too late to turn the tides of war.
Cee Neuner, Debbie Smythe, and the community of Lens Artists encourage the entire international network of photographers and writers. Please click the links below to see the beautiful offerings from these wonderful photographers.
The focus for this week’s Lens Artist challenge hosted by Anne is “Colorful Expressions.” The Boston Marathon is a sea of many colors.
Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Water. The Herons and nest photos took place 70 feet above the water!
The Great Blue Herons once again graced the gallery walls through February 26th for a one-woman all-Heron show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick.
The Center for Arts Natick believes the arts are essential to a complete human experience and to the creation of a vibrant, healthy community. Since 2001, TCAN has been housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, where the Summer Street Gallery provides an opportunity for accomplished visual artists in the region to have their work prominently displayed for TCAN’s diverse and loyal audience.
Some of the images from my January February 2022 TCAN show have been placed in the online Art gallery, with more to be uploaded in coming days. You can be a fly on the wall! Please CLICK HERE to see the Great Blue Herons gracing the gallery walls.
Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and a half and they need your love more than ever.
The Natick Center Cultural District is situated in a friendly, classic New England town hosting a vibrant, contemporary fusion of art, culture and business. Click here and here to learn more!
My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.
TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick – Recent one-woman photography show through February 2022
Natick Town Hall – Current group exhibit thru January 3 2023
Five Crows Gallery in Natick – Represented since 2013
Be a fly on the wall! Please CLICK HERE to see the Great Blue Herons gracing the gallery walls.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
May the Muse be with you.™
The Tao of Feathers™
© 2003-2023 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
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