Heart Beat, collage on watercolor paper, 6 inches by 6 inches, by Leslie Avon Miller
Today began like many others. A list of things I want to accomplish waited for me. Sitting down with my warm mug, about to begin, I felt suddenly compelled to find a poem I once knew - about broccoli and sunlight - two things I love.
I’ve spent a pleasant morning hour reading poetry, this new task at the top of my list made easier by the internet search function. I found the poem which I share here with you.
Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between "green thread"
and "broccoli" you find
that you have penciled "sunlight."
Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning -- to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing,
that also needs accomplishing
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue
but today you get a telegram,
from the heart in exile
proclaiming that the kingdom
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,
- to any one among them
who can find the time,
to sit out in the sun and listen.
I want to let you know that you are invited to a gathering of like minded people, of creative souls who love art and, most probably, poetry.
You are Invited to The Greatest Creative Year of Your Life (so far)
What: A complementary one hour Creativity Renewal Teleclass - my gift to you
Who: For Creative People who want more
When: Tuesday March 9th
7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, and 4 pm Pacific
Where: From the comfort of your own home.
Why: If you want to turn up the heat on your creativity or you need a creative boost this call is for you. If you are a life long learner who loves your creativity, then this call is for you. We will explore the things that compel us to create so we can tap into the energy that pulls us forward. And we will touch on dispelling negative energy like self talk that does not serve our purpose.
How: Simply send me an email to coach leslie @ olypen.com (remove the spaces) and let me know you want to participate. I’ll send you the details. If you can’t be on the call live, I will send you a recording.
My list is still here, and I still have time to accomplish these things today. The birds are singing and I am refreshed by touching in with the poets. What beautiful word will you write on your list today?