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Teach Us

Mother Nature teach us
To set down
Weapons of competition,
Jealousy, hate, greed,
Resentments against one another.
No tree is so foolish as to set its branches
Against one another
As swords of death.
Yet, humans do this in
A flash of incomprehensible fury.
The idea of a flower waits
Underneath,
Patient before pushing
Topsoil,
Green shoots of springtime,
A tight bud awaits
Perfect whispered wind kisses,
Teardrops of rain,
A slow unfurling,
Full blooming,
Colorful
Magnificence.
Crocuses, daffodils, roses, irises,
Daylilies, orchids
Do not sweat,
Toil around the clock,
Anxious about their worth,
Dignity,
Right to belong.
Sentient beings listen to natural rhythms
Eat the perfect amount of nutrition,
Drink water to
quench their thirst.
Dolphins leap
Joyfully breaching,
No standing on a
Tipping scale
Crimson with shame.
Mother Nature teach us
Cycles, harmony, balance,
Ways to bring our bodies,
Hearts, souls into alignment
As vibrant, healthy expressions
Of Life.

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Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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10 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Goodness me Dear Laura,

    This poem really went to my heart. They were not words, but visual reality. Beautifully descriptive. Thank you everso for sharing this. I love Nature and gain so much inspiration just walking around woodland and following rivers.

    Your description of trees not being foolish to set branches against one another reminded me of a description I wrote about an avenue of trees:

    An avenue of trees; magnificent giants,
    Choosing to be alongside and opposite each another,
    Branches and leaves bonded in harmony.

    Laura, you inspired me.

    I shall be reading your poem again and again.

    Simon

    • Thank you so much for all your kind reflections about this poem, Simon. We share a passion for nature, my friend. And your passage about the avenue of trees–yes, simply beautiful “bonded in harmony.” YES! I appreciate knowing that this resonated with you, inspired you. I appreciate YOU!

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