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Speak with Nature Saturday—Dragonflies and Sacred Things

Writing Challenge Day 2: Speak with Nature Saturday

Today Havarti and I went down to the pond.

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I found a quiet spot to sit.

Havarti talked to the bumblebees and the wildflowers.

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I sat with my sacred little things, fresh air permeating my lungs. Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

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As I sat there in the stillness, two dragonflies landed on my journal. Dragonflies represent a ‘two-ness;’ living in the realms of both water and air throughout their lives. Dragonflies also have two sets of wings. I read somewhere that dragonflies can represent change, perspective, and emotions. There is a duality in dragonflies, an interplay between the emotional and the mental. We have to find a balance and take care not to neglect our emotions (the heart, dreams, desires) by always being too rational about everything. I certainly am guilty of this (i.e.: “I feel drawn to this, but I should save money instead”).

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In my journal I reflected on this poem. I hope it creates little whispers in your heart, too.

“The Journey” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

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Havarti says, “Namaste.”
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