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 he fast disappearing natural world. We will freelens our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.”
I am beyond excited to join this blog circle project alongside this group of inspiring women from around the world, many of whom I’ve been following on Instagram and admire as both artists and mothers. Raising Kate to love the land and ocean we call home is so close to my heart, and freelensing fills my soul, feeds the artist in me and keeps me inspired when “regular” photography fails me.
Our first adventure for this project took us on a hike up Pipiwai trail to Waimoku Falls in the Haleakalā National Park near Hana. I started out with Kate on my back in the Tula carrier, but soon enough she wanted nothing to do with that, and ended up hiking most of the 1.8 miles trail up on her own two feet, greeting people, running, laughing and oohing and aahing along the way. The bamboo forest and its sounds especially impressed her, as did any body of water (no surprise there), and her reaction to seeing the waterfall was a big “WOW!”. I only wish we had more time to play in the creek at the top, Kate really wanted to stay a while and explore it, but the sun waits for nobody. Next time – I have a feeling we’ll be back.
Please visit Sherri Davis in Ontario, Canada next – you can see her lovely sailing adventure here and then continue following the circle to see more beauty around the world.