Healing Rain

24 Sept 2023

Before Ophelia brought three days of beneficial rain to a yearly regeneration of this backyard dotted with deep, destructive grasses and newly-seeded patches of microclover, I managed to remove some withered spots of crabgrass and weakening roots–a yearly chore that has continued over summers.

As the brilliant sunset of this International Day of Peace 2023 promises, we are part of cycles, tides, breezes, just as the Earth lives. And yes, it is difficult to remove the clinging damage of crabgrass that has been free to seed and spread. But, the brilliant green of microclover delights and extends by stolons–horizontal connections between organisms. They expand and reduce weeds, pests..with awareness, labor, and time…bringing beauty and healing.

By jjillgallery

Quietly seeking to meet Trust wherever Life leads, I understand service as key to gratitude and balance. Freshwater woodlands evoke the most serenity in me wherever they're found. I've shared space & time on terrain of my Ligurian and Oscan ancestors, feeling their souls guiding me, especially in silent contemplation. Today, after over thirty years of engagement in programs for children, secondary, university and adult learning, the gifts life brings on Long Island's Matinecock-Algonquin earth, I try to give & receive with grace.

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