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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sacred Purpose





black inked tattoos grace
the spaces between your breath
and mine feeding us

trees scrawl out their names
willing us to remember
their sacred purpose


mist from air too warm
meeting January snow
melting far too soon

trees bleed out our names
willing us to remember
our sacred purpose








Fresh snow hides poison seeds sown by unclean hands. Addicted to consumption we witness beauty and still do not change habits, destroying our home the very magnificence we adore. We must not squander what we have been given, nor forget we are all responsible for the planet and each other. Not me not you, WE.


Yesterday morning we awoke to fresh snow, the thaw passed, yet temps are still much higher than they ought to be this time of year in New Hampshire. YES I am an unabashed "tree hugger". Surprise!!!

The trees need our help, this earth is bleeding into the sea as icebergs melt and the waters rise in the ocean. Other places are thirsty and barren, but for animals and people starving and struggling to survive. Complaining, ignoring, these are not compassionate acts, and they will get us no where but into a deeper state of grief, anger and helplessness. However, if person-by-person we made changes in our consumptive habits, lived with more consciousness and care for this amazing planet turning, perhaps together, we can save our world from destruction by our own loving human hands. If not for our own sake, then for the sake of generations and species unborn, protecting Earth IS our sacred purpose. 




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62 comments:

  1. This is what it looked like north east Massachusetts, too. Unfortunately, I had to go to work and didn't have time to go out.

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  2. I'm a tree hugger too and I realize we need to do more than hug. I hope we change our ways, that we bless the trees as they bless us. Thank you for your post Laura. Always, I appreciate your kind words.

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  3. Bless you for spreading the word, Laura. These are difficult times, indeed. I hope enough of humanity wakes up very soon to the reality of what's happening to Earth and all who call her "home". Your photos of the trees are magnificent.

    Blessings and love from one tree-hugger to another.
    xoxoxo

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  4. I so love these photos and the words inspires me!

    Kim,USA

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  5. Beautiful, Laura. Am right there with you.

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  6. A woods lightly coated with snow is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Such beautiful photos!

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  7. The first and last photos are exquisite! I find the winter trees fascinating, and love the light and how it sounds so different walking through them now. I hear the woodpeckers easier and love to hunt them down with my eyes ... not always successful, but more so at this time of year! Beautiful, true words.

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  8. Magical captures Laura. I'm a tree hugger too.

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  9. Laura...
    What an exquisite bevy of TRUE Haiku's.
    You absolutely KNOCKED OUT all of the prompts!
    A fantastic piece of writing.
    Loved your bucolic 55.
    Thanks for including me in your mix of brilliance.
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  10. So true - why is it that we squander so much? Beautiful beautiful!

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  11. Beautifully captured!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/01/theres-more-to-beach.html

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  12. Beautiful and mysterious. Have a nice weekend.

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  13. Beautiful words and a strong message.

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  14. Layra, wow! Your photos are just gorgeous. I enjoyed seeing the trees in all the different lightings. Hubby and I are both tree huggers. Loved the poem, wish you a very happy weekend!

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  15. wonderful playing with the colors! thanx for sharing your piece of heaven with us :)

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  16. What beautiful images surround your important reminder.
    Thank you for your message today.
    Happy Friday !

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  17. Love this, Laura - another Tree Hugger here, so much so that my surname actually means Oak Trees in Spanish - I didn't know that when I was dating my now ex and I deliberately kept the name because of its meaning.

    I often feel bereft about what humans are doing to the Earth and the rest of creation and when that happens, I connect even more deeply with the Earth to help me remember that she is the source and sustenance of my body and being.

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  18. Powerful post ~ lovely photography and poetry ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  19. I couldn't agree more with the poignant Haikus and comments about humans' collective consumption in this world...may simplicity and caring for others come into vogue and become the standard to which we all strive...

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  20. Your writing always makes me pause for thought and your pictures are so lovely. I hope it is okay but my Monday post this week is to direct people to your blog, I enjoy it that much.

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  21. Beautiful photography and sentiment Laura.

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  22. Beautiful images and words, and an important message. You hug those trees!

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  23. This is a beautiful, beautiful post! Your first haiku resonated in my soul!

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  24. Thanks for your nice comment.You have some beatyful pictures and poem waaaaw !

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  25. Your pictures are beautiful, and the words profound. Very nicely penned.

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  26. An exquisite set of haiku! So loved the lines:
    "trees scrawl out their names...
    trees bleed out our names..."
    A powerful, descriptive message!

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  27. i enjoyed my visit here today laura, your words warmed my soul!!

    i so appreciate all of the outdoors, all the treasures, both large and small!! thanks for spreading such kind reminders, to take care of mother earth!!

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  28. Simply exquisite, that gorgeous ... fantastic forest with fog!

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  29. Beautiful! "Trees bleed out our names willing us to remember our sacred purpose" went right to my soul! Perfect words to go with your photos!

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  30. A wonderful post! The pictures are fabulous and wise words for all of us.

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  31. Those first two pictures are magnificent. As if I'm stepping into a Gothic fairy tale...

    And yes, I agree with your message -- the world needs to take better care of its trees.

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  32. i'm not sure that would be enough since so much damage is caused by corporations and governments, not individuals. i so worry for my grandchildrens' sakes!

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  33. Your a such an artist...the beauty of you shines
    and even one gentle plea does make a difference. I am sure of that ♥

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  34. Ah, Laura--these pictures, your words, touched me so deeply. They fill my eyes...your words fill my heart. Blessings be upon you, dear one.

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  35. Ah, Laura--these pictures, your words, touched me so deeply. They fill my eyes...your words fill my heart. Blessings be upon you, dear one.

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  36. Very nice monochrome!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/01/polished.html

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  37. Lovely post, I really like your two first shots ;)

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  38. The haiku about the spaces between breaths is divine. Thank you.

    Love Story

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  39. Heartfelt words- your connection brings us all closer to seeing. xo teri

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  40. Beautiful...magical winter scenes and images!!

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  41. I love trees. These are very beautiful and mysterious shots of them.

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  42. Wonderful trees! I like it!

    Happy sunday, Merle

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  43. wisdom and power come through your photo and words today. i particularly like the phrases trees scrawl, trees bleed. thank you.

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  44. Lindas imagens e versões, gosto disso! Beijos!

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  45. Lovely wintry scene.. love the bare trees! I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #66!

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  46. I come here, mostly, Laura, to feel of your spirit. I am satisfied!

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  47. GORGEOUS images, Laura... I'm a tree hugger to! ;o) That last line of your poem really struck me, " trees bleed out our names...willing us to remember...our sacred purpose"... I will carry this with me today. ((HUGS))

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  48. Nice pictures youre showing:) Hanne Bente

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  49. What a beautiful message to accompany stunning winter images!

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  50. trees scrawl out their names
    willing us to remember
    their sacred purpose

    There is that mystical feeling relating to the trees. The pics are classic and blends well with your verse. Nicely Laura!

    Hank

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  51. A beautiful post... and really like your photo-editing!

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  52. Beautiful images and post. I am a poet, blogging about creativity as a life quality and find your work here most intriguing. If you would like to take a look at my blog, I hope you will. If not, kindly pardon this tiny intrusion. Peace and all good things for you in creativity and in life.

    Sincerely,
    Diane Solis
    www.dmsolis.blogspot.com

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  53. What a wonderful post this is, Laura, and your photographs are just gorgeous.
    Happy day to you!

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  54. Hallo Laura, nice to meet you :-)
    your trees pictures are very beautiful, compliments for your work!
    Hallo from Switzerland
    Dany

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  55. Magnifiques photos !

    Forêts enneigées
    Magie hivernale
    Les troncs élancés

    Biseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees de Christineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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