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Earth Prayers
by Mary DeDanan


Waking

Waking at four

to see the huge full moon setting

over the ocean. Calm

milkiness washing everything,

silvering the air, dancing

on dark waves.

Grace sharpened by grief:

I must leave this land, these waters,

this beauty alive with the passing night.

Like all of human life,

I think, returning to bed.

I will dream again. I will be taken

into the quiet.

We are always leaving.
 
Moon set over little black Mountain
© Photo by Paul H.






Dawn
© Photo by Marcin Whitman
Home

Dream:
stumbling on the cliff's
edge
terrified of heights
wary of land mines and scrambling dirt.
I can't stall any longer.
There's nothing but
that first step
into nothingness:
the moment when life

changes
forever
again.
There is nothing

but the gift of butterfly wings,
golden,
invisible to all but the Gods.
The prayer of stepping off
the cliffs into
gentle air
and flying home.




Waves

Ocean, I come to you
and lay the pieces of my heart
like rose petals around your feet.
Bless my humanness.
My failed love.
My aching softness, a shooting star set free.

Funny how the heart remembers more
than the brain could ever tell. Remembers
kisses long past, the singing of trees,
the colors of moonrise.

There is no wave that does not come again,
laying down its lacy foam,
its cool caresses around my feet.
I beg for your favor, Foam-Born
Lady, Sweet Life-force, Chaos,
Trickster -- bathe me.

I beg
for hope like a seed,
like the first flowers of spring, that love
will come again.
That I may hear your song
in my tired disbelief.
 
Waves of Fog
© Photo by Mary DeDanan




Mend the Pot

The mystery is
how
I have held
together all these years, through
the shatterings and sorrows,
the learning of love.

I've skirted so often
the slip of despair -- and
sometimes
fallen through
into weightlessness.
The mystery is

that I have thrown my heart new
again and again,
cycling back in an endless circle.
My bits and shards held
in wholeness,
as though magnetized.
The mystery is

the healing,
the process of brokenness mending
because the heart wants to mend,
its many edges meeting back, fitting
into their real places. And
these scars then

a reminder,
like the patched pieces of ancient pottery,
that my shatterings are now part
of my beauty.
My heart breaks often, not fragile,
but astonishingly strong.
 
Wine Jug, scanned image from The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery by Joseph Veach Noble, 1965 by Watson-Guptill Publications,
New York, New York



Also see poems by
Bliss Washington Billings



Earth Prayer Poems © Copyright 2000 by Mary DeDanan. All Rights Reserved.



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Voices of Peace, Volume V
Dr. Andreas Toupadakis' Notebook
W.H. Auden's poem September 1, 1939
Sam Smith of the Progressive Review writes Nobody Left But Us
Robert Jenson explains why extraordinary Corporate Power Is the Enemy of Our Democracy
DynCorp is Something to Watch
Norman Solomon on New Media Heights For A Remarkable Pundit, Pentagon's Silver Lining May Be Bigger Than Cloud, Six Months Later, and The Basic Tool Is Language
Patrick Morris, actor and director writing on the theatre's Hourglass Challenge
Marvelous Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival
World Choral Music
Photographer and web designer Stephen Voss
Stephanie Korschun's Insect Drawings, a class apart.
That Photo Guy,
Barbara S. Thompson's My Life chronicles a journey of courage by a real story teller, Chapter 3.
Mary Zemke of Stop Cogentrix says "Standing tall - Opposition floods the proposed Grizzly Power Plant."
Norman Maxwell writes to the Editor - a Summary of the Fire Road Preservation Struggle.
Patricia Frank tackles Spring Cleaning the Closet.
Lois Barton's Sunnyside of Spencer Butte finds the Heron Rookery.
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Ryan Ramon's Life on the 45th Parallel, Rain & Ramallah.
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2000

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