Nurturing Thursday: A Poetic Treat

we name the names that went before...

we name the names that went before…

on this night, as death beckons, we take hold of the poet’s hand,

’tis the time to receive the wisdom of the grave…and be nurtured…body and soul!

The Wild Geese
Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmonIMGP1404 - Version 2
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer’s end.  In time’s maze
over the fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves.  We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed’s marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here.  And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear.  What we need is here.
~ Wendell Berry ~
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I Am part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted on Becca Givens’ blog… On Dragonfly Wings and Buttercup Tea…
 

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Laurie’s Notes
Jacqueline King
Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Pocket Perspectives

Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul
Dreaming through the Twilight

Sunday Post: Fun Facts About New Years

"The wearing masks [for New Year] was to chase away evil spirits or for hiding them." Donald Dossey

“The wearing od masks [for New Year] was to chase away evil spirits or for hiding them.” Donald Dossey

Are we hiding from  or hiding our evil spirits?

Are we chasing away or hiding our evil spirits?

Donald Dossey’s book of Folk Lore has 12 pages of fun facts about New Years. Wearing mask is just one. Another, that most of us in the US know, is to eat black eyed peas on New years day to have good luck. My mom, no matter what else we had, would always server black eyed peas even if they were from a can. I have tried sometimes I just put the can out 😉  Did you grow up with any interesting new years traditions? That you keep?

Jakesprinters suggested this topic Tomorrow I will continue with Suggestions for how to make and keep New Years Resolutions.  If I post tomorrow I will have kept one from last Jan. 1st !!!!