Invocation of the Trees

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Have mercy on us
we who are poor in spirit
we who are never satisfied
we who strive to possess everything

We who are poor in spirit
bless us and teach us
we who strive to possess everything
fill us as vessels with the breath of stars

Bless us and teach us
cleanse and heal our weary hearts
fill us as vessels with the breath of stars
attach our roots with grace and truth

Cleanse and heal our weary hearts
quench our hunger with light
attach our roots with grace and truth
you who honor both heavens and earth

Quench our hunger with light
we who are never satisfied
you who honor both heavens and earth
have mercy on us

Another pantoum, for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above.  It seems a good form for call and response.

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The trees have been talking quite a bit lately, with a background of running commentary from the birds.

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28 responses to “Invocation of the Trees”

  1. Rambles of a poethead says :

    Perfect wording to paint the picture. Amazing work, really. 🙂

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  2. Jodi says :

    Wowwwww! This painting and these words take my breath away….

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  3. Suzanne says :

    This is wonderful. It could become a prayer/song for our age.

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  4. Sue Vincent says :

    Stunning, Kerfe. I love the artwork… and the pantoum is a perfect invocation.

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  5. Jane Dougherty says :

    I wonder who the incantation is addressed to? Asking to be filled with the breath of stars is such an utterly pagan idea. I love that picture too. It’d like the tree world seen through a giant raindrop.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Jane. The watercolor somehow reminded me of Sue’s tree, and you’ve captured the feeling, although I hadn’t articulated it. As to pagan ideas…I was brought up in the church and left its narrowly boxed up view of the world long ago. But the music, the poetry and images, those have always contained the spirits that people honored before they were outlawed by governments and clergy.

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      • Jane Dougherty says :

        I share your views about beauty. Organised religion has no feeling for beauty at all. Even the great church music only exists because great composers wrote it. Same for the church paintings. Princes and Popes would have been content with any old pompous rubbish.

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful poem. I love the phrase “breath of stars.” Jane describes your water color perfectly.

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  7. Sharon Mann says :

    I can see us all hand in hand around the trees reciting this poem/prayer. Your painting is mysterious and very soothing.

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  8. Janice says :

    I like your prayer/invocation very much..I could see it being used in some settings…Unitarian, for example.

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  9. Evelyn Flint says :

    Beautiful abstract watercolours… !

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  10. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Everything about this is gorgeous! Love it! 😍

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  11. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Very beautiful, Kerfe – both artwork and poetry.

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