When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
“The young May moon is beaming, love.
The glow-worm’s lamp is gleaming, love.
How sweet to rove,
Through Morna’s grove,
When the drowsy world is dreaming, love!
Then awake! — the heavens look bright, my dear,
‘Tis never too late for delight, my dear,
And the best of all ways
To lengthen our days
Is to steal a few hours from the night, my dear!”
– Thomas Moore, The Young May Moon
Well I’m endeavoring to participate in the Pagan Blog Project 2012 and valiantly working on my entry for this week. Truth be told though I should probably just throw in the towel and put up a “gone planting” sign on this here blog.
While I’m planting (cleaning coops, cages, brush piles, house, etc.) I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts. I was listening to one from Fresh Air this evening (‘When God Talks Back’ To The Evangelical Community) and it occurred to me that this, and a few of the others I’ve listened to may be of some interest to some of you. With reference to the program above, yes it is specifically discussing evangelical Christians but if you strip that away it has some interesting takeaways for us as well. (And ironically enough ties nicely into the post that I started working on prior to hearing the show.)
I also enjoy APM’s On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith) and particularly the episodes:
All, thou gentle one, lies embraced in thy kingdom; the graybeard Back to the days of his youth, childish and child-like, returns. — The Circle Of Nature by Friedrich von Schiller
I love digging in the dirt, it’s one of the times I feel completely alive. Another of my great joys is being able to go out into the garden and pick my dinner, but it’s not all about rows of veggies. I also like for the landscape around my home to provide beauty and sanctuary for me, my family and our guests (human and others). For me part of creating that environment is to incorporate art into my landscape.
My husband and I have been looking for a Green Man for our garden for years, but never found one that resonated with us (they either felt too severe or too jolly). The minute we saw this fellow though we knew we’d finally found our man — he’s got a timeless quality about him; a man for all seasons. I have to say the picture doesn’t do him justice, in person he has leaves and vines etched into his hair and beard. He also happens to remind me of a dear friend who I don’t get to visit nearly often enough. Right now our man is in his temporary home sitting out in the dappled shade, among the flowers, listening to the birds sing and watching over my newly planted herbs and vegetables.
On a lighter note I found this Witch Cowboy Boot Barbed Wire Birdhouse With Whisk Broom by Dan Towell and just couldn’t resist – it’s just so quirky and just perfect for a Texas living witch and her garden.
This picture was provided by the artist and shows the detail a bit better.
As for this little fellow I found him at Big Lots of all places and he and the plants just set the perfect tone at our back door.