Poetry for Children for Roundup.
I've been traveling, and I'm tuckered out, so I've just got something small to share with all you you.
Yesterday I found this wonderful quote in a little book I picked up at a thrift store: FLOWER THOUGHTS: A SELECTION, edited by Louise Bachelder with illustrations by Eric Carle.
See, I've been thinking I want to become a Master Gardener. So, suddenly, flower/tree/garden things are finding me EVERYWHERE. I mean, why not? I've got this amazing backyard that's just begging for some loving... plus it's just FUN to learn stuff about nature and hang out with passionate folks and spend time outdoors.
Any Poetry Friday Master Gardeners out there?? I'd love to hear from you!
And now the quote:
"Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens, and wallflowers, need ruin to make them grow." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
I love this idea of ruin as necessary... isn't it? (Yes, I'm working on a "ruin" poem!) What a wonderful way to reframe some life experiences. And how perfect for autumn, when the leaves are changing and crumbling, everything shedding and going quiet and still... such a beautiful time of year, because somehow the ruin holds deep inside the promise of SPRING. xo