Junk Mail Art for Earth Day

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“Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
–Blaise Pascal

Infinite mystery, spirits in green,
essence enduring connected by roots
of and inside of, devouring with growth.
Silence of green, traced in shadow, unseen
spirits compounding with opening fruit,
mystery hidden, unseasoned, renewed
guardian tree spirit, green giving birth,
swaddled in mystery, nourished with blood.

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It’s Earth Day!  so some recycled junk mail art seems appropriate.  And Green Man, the male counterpart to Mother Earth, is also a perfect subject.  Did you know that Robin Hood, Peter Pan, the Green Knight, and Puck all come out of Green Man mythology?

I was lucky enough to attend the first Earth Day in 1970 in Washington DC.  I lived near Baltimore at the time, and some friends had been invited to sing at the event.  That was 46 years ago–there’s still a lot of work to be done.  But we can all help every day by using less, and recycling more.

Earth Day 2016 - Trees for the Earth poster

This card is part of my junk mail art mythology series.  The day is part of Doodlewash‘s Month of Celebratory Days.  The poem answers two prompts:  Writer’s Quote Wednesday, theme “mystery”, sponsored by Silver Threading and Ronovan Writes, and another san san, the challenge this week from Jane Dougherty.

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25 responses to “Junk Mail Art for Earth Day”

  1. New England Nomad says :

    Great post for today!

  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    It all comes together in this one, the green imagery linking to the recycling, reusing, saving the Earth. Great piece of work!

  3. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Wow the first earth day,very cool!

  4. Jodi says :

    Love your junk mail art – and what a great tribute to Earth Day!

  5. weisserwatercolours says :

    ….this is truly a remarkable collage — wow

  6. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Wow!! Fabulous tribute to Mother Earth today! Love this junk mail piece Kerfe and your words are wonderful. The very first one?! That’s awesome! Happy Earth Day my friend!! 🌱💚

  7. rivrvlogr says :

    This fits the Earth Day prompt from napowrimo.net, as well as the kenning prompt for Day 20.

    • memadtwo says :

      Perhaps a liberal interpretation of kenning! but I think you are right about the same intent. I was always going to do something for Earth Day today, so that was serendipity!

  8. Teresa Robeson says :

    So cool that you attended the first Earth Day! Terrific collage/poem! A perfect pairing to honor our favorite planet. ❤

  9. Silver Threading says :

    Wow! These were absolutely fabulous! I love your junk mail art! Happy Earth Day! ❤

  10. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    I love the mystery and wildness of this–art and words. And of course, GREEN.

  11. lesliepaints says :

    I love these collages you come up with. Neat composition on this one with the horns encircling it all.

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