In this week’s challenge, Amy is honoring the earth. Given her topic and the fact that Earth Day is approaching, I decided to let my photos and a beautiful poem by Joy Harjo take center stage. Harjo was the American poet laureate in 2019 and a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She writes with the deep wisdom of indigenous people.
Remember by Joy Harjo
Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time. Remember sundown and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath. You are evidence of her life, and her mother’s, and hers. Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth. Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people are you. Remember you are this universe and this universe is you. Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you. Remember language comes from this. Remember the dance language is, that life is. Remember.
If you’d like to hear Joy Harjo recite her poem, click the link below. I love how she reminds us of the wisdom embedded in the earth and in each one of us.
A special thanks to Amy for hosting this beautiful Earth Story challenge. We hope you join us and share your images that highlight the majesty and beauty of Mother Earth. Please remember to link to Amy’s post and use the Lens-Artists tag.
Last week your responses to Ann-Christine’s Curves challenge were wonderful! You showed us curves in nature, in architecture, in faces, in art… I think we all came away with the idea that curves can be found just about everywhere once we start to notice them. Next week, be sure to visit John Steiner’s blog Journeys with Johnbo as he leads us in a “Birthdays” challenge. He invites us to share images that highlight what’s special about birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events.
We will be traveling later this week, so given jet lag and other delays, I will be off line for a few days. But I’ll be back on the “other side,” with new photos and new experiences to share with you all–our wonderful community. I will always appreciate the connections we’ve made with you through Lens-Artists. You are more proof of the goodness and creativity in this world–something I value more than ever.