Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kindness


Break me out
of this ice cave
imprisoning my heart
Why am I still
all dressed in white?

Let's build a fire
to melt down
walls of indifference
Don't keep
your distance

I am Earth
strong yet delicate
Treat me right
Plant a seed
of kindness

and I will spring forth
in myriad colors
wearing a gown of violets
and scent of jasmine
kissed by sunshine


Thank you, dear friends, for all your wonderful wishes for the New Year. I hope yours will be bright and beautiful. We had a major blizzard over the weekend. I'm surrounded by snow and ice. There are even icicles on my windows! It's pretty and magical but, oh so cold! I did go out to take pictures of this winter wonderland. But I decided to post photos of a field of flowers I stumbled upon last Summer to start off the New Year on a bright note. Let's be kind to the Earth and it will be kind to us in return. Let's be kind to each other.
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Thank you also to everyone who participated in my giveaway in my previous post featuring my favorite photos and poems from last year. The winner is Robert Bourne, a fellow poet who blogs at Wrapped in Solitude. Robert will receive a favorite photo of his choice, matted and framed in a 5 x 7 size. Congratulations, Robert! 
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Happy New Year, everyone! xx
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32 comments:

  1. What a lovely poem! We often treat mother Earth with appalling indifference. She can shield herself against our destructive activities only by becoming barren and ungiving. I think this poem is true not only for how we treat our environment but also for the relationships between people.

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  2. I can't wait until Spring..Thanks for sharing the poem and pic

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  3. Your poem and pictures are a welcome break... I am in the same state as you snow and freezing cold... and Many Thanks Loredana.. what a wonderful gift to win... :)

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  4. You are so tight... the earth give back in plenty if she's treated right.. lovely sentiment

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  5. a fire to melt down walls of indifference, beautiful.

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  6. Loredana,
    I wish you could come to Tucson for a few days... we are enjoying unusually warm 70 degrees fahrenheit temps. Gorgeous out! On the other hand, without that snow and ice, you'd not have created this colorful, emotional poem.

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  7. Cara Loredana,ho messo un quadro primaverile bene in vista,in questi giorni per ricordarmi che anche l'inverno passa...così sono in sintonia con il tuo prato fiorito e le tue parole poetiche. Buona domenica! (spero che il freddo si attenui presto da te )

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  8. The winter is still young, yet very brutal this year. I love the photograph. It's a lovely reminder of what lies beneath the white and ice. Happy New Year, Loredana! Congrats, Robert!

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  9. Ahh to melt it away like that works for the cat, we have all the crummy snow too, yuck is all I can say lol

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  10. hey, pretty cool for robert...
    earth will awaken come spring....we still have a way to go it seems...
    the coldest yet to come this week....the fire to melt our walls of
    indifference, yes, i could go for that...smiles.

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  11. Such a lovely poem! Happy New Year to you! I wish you all the best in 2014!

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  12. Oh, I'm stuck in my white dress too, roll on my blanket of colour.
    Pea
    X

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  13. I so look forward to spring, thanks for the lovely flowers & colors ~ Like Robert, we are stuck with snow and sleet ~ Wishing you happy weekend ~

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  14. Just what we need right now, the promise of warmth and flowers blooming, and advice to "be kind to the earth" and each other. Loved this. In the midst of all the snow and cold, wonderful to look upon that field of flowers and remember spring will come.

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  15. Beautiful words, Loredana, and I just love these photographs.
    Make me long for spring. :-)

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  16. Fabulous Loredana...I can feel those seeds sprouting and the snow and ice melting!!

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  17. I love this poem which to me invokes spring, which seems so far from what my weather here holds right now. I love the voice you gave to earth!! And your photos again added a wonderful touch.

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  18. We are supposed to have the coldest night in 20 years. Brrr! Enjoyed your poem.

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  19. Oh beautiful....yes spring....sigh

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  20. hope we all pay heed to the Earth's voice.....a cool poem full of warmth and anticipation
    ......and lovely picture :)

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  21. Nature will always inspire us and we should always take care of it.

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  22. Dreams of spring during the first week of January? I see you are not enjoying this NY winter anymore than I. Cheer Up and watch for the blue moon. Should be along any night now.

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  23. Loredana I want some of your snow! I'm jealous!! :)

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  24. What beautiful photography. Happy New Year to u too.
    Www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  25. I can smell the flowers! This is a wonderful break between all this winter.

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  26. I love the poem and the flowery photos! It's so nice to see some color in the dead of winter. I long for the color of spring and summer!

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  27. This Earth does need kindness - we have treated her so badly. Thank you for your message, written so beautifully. Hugs, xo Karen

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  28. Nice. I can always use sprint this time of year. Thanks for your warming thoughts.

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  29. Beautiful piece dear...let's melt away the differences and plant seeds of kindness....hope everyone listens and adheres to this message!
    And congratulations Robert! :)

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  30. Love the imagery and metaphors in this piece. My favourite lines:

    I am Earth
    strong yet delicate
    Treat me right
    Plant a seed
    of kindness

    :)

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  31. We all could benefit from giving and receiving kindness - what a wonderful way to make the world go round.
    Have a wonderful New Year.
    Anna :o]

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  32. Looks like you are enjoying a kind n beautiful year...but the clime out there seems to be freezing though...

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