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 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.
“We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/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.”
We had the great joy and fortune of dear family visiting from Switzerland, and joined them on a little getaway to the Big Island of Hawaii. What fun it was to explore a different island! Just a short 20 minute flight over from Maui, it amazes me how vastly different this island is. And what I love so much about traveling with a toddler is the invitation to slow down and take notice of the little things too, the subtle, the not so obvious. The little creatures living in the warm tide pools, the wind in the trees, the way coarse grains of black sand feel on your skin, and the rainbow of colors actually present in the seemingly black lava that nature covered so much of this island with in beautiful, swirling patterns. A highlight for big and small was to witness hot lava meeting the sea – a majestical spectacle none of us will forget. Nature is truly astounding.
Next up is Celeste, whose work has inspired me since I first happened upon her on Instagram. Visit her forest adventures in Woodbine, Maryland here, and continue to follow our circle around the world!