I'm doing double duty today as I am at the coast (perfect for the SJT theme of renewal). This post will serve for SJT and PF.
My mare-stanes (hag stone) at sunset at Rockaway Beach, Oregon.
Fran of Lit Bits and Pieces is hosting Spiritual Journey Thursday this month. She has a moving post about renewal and says, "In choosing the theme of renewal, I note that one definition of the word is resuming an activity after an interruption."
When I heard the topic of "renewal", it was an "aha" as I have always viewed renewal as a spring time word. As I study Scots Gaelic, and the Celtic Calendar, we have entered a new year.
Autumn is also renewal. The harvest is finished.Now it's the time of fall's decay, the returning to the earth. The cold months are necessary for cleansing the land, for the renewal of the earth. And it's fitting that the Gaelic name for winter is An Geamhrachd, which is the Celtic word for cold.
At Faith & Worship, I found a wonderful prayer for this time of renewal:
For the promise of harvest
contained within a seed
we thank you.
For the oak tree
within an acorn
within a grain
within a pip
The mystery of nature
for us to sow
we thank you
I found an article on A Focus On Nature by Chloé Valerie Harmsworth. She has wonderful illustrations in the article. I used the "A Time of Renewal: Autumn and Winter" for the following found poem.
A Time of Renewal: Autumn and Winter Nature Found Poem
From the article by Chloé Valerie Harmsworth
the clocks have moved back
the days short
the nights deep and long
the atmosphere seems to alter
so do I
creep through the cracks
an instinct to hibernate
of warm, breathing bodies,
waiting for the dark to pass
this yearning of mine.
we can enjoy simple
go on life-affirming walks
so much to learn
the days and weeks descend
into deep winter
my attention turns
to the trees’ naked beauty
arms reaching out to the sky
noisy, chattering corvids
bring energy to the moment
the earth’s reawakening
shoots burst with spirit
this period of rest
and contemplation allows me
like the first snowdrop
ready to restart, refreshed and rejuvenated.
©Jone Rush MacCulloch, 2023 draft
I am looking forward to hosting December's Spiritual Journey Thursday. as we head toward the shortest day, longest night, I am thinking about the importance of light in the dark of winter.
Our host for Poetry Friday is Buffy Silverman who is celebrating the arrival of her new book!
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2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing