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Dear Friends,

Can a glacier speak for itself?

In her book RECLAIMING THE WILD SOUL: HOW EARTH’S LANDSCAPES RESTORE US TO WHOLENESS author Mary Reynolds Thompson states:  “ I feel my own flesh and the flesh of the earth as one.  In harming Earth, I cause myself harm; in caring for the Earth, I care for myself.”

Our ability to remember that truth brings “the shift of consciousness” we need that “ is the principal means to overcoming our planetary crisis.”

Today, celebrate the beautiful mystery of the Earth and yourself as one.


Earth Day - April 22, 2018

Forming in this place,
maybe a cauldron,
maybe a star.
With my sound I name this place:
your disowned birthplace, the fluid
nebulous beginnings you choose to forget;
I speak volumes
about the dark, weightless world where fantastic things incubate,
your unnamed, unclaimed place of origin, all you
left years ago,
the sea over which you came…

From: IN THE BECOMING: Poems based on the Deirdre Story
© Margaret McCarthy


Once handed out on street corners, it seemed right to update the broadside* form for our electronic age's street corner - the web. Welcome to A VISION AND A VERSE, an e-Broadside. Four to six times a year, I'll showcase a featured image and poem of mine, matching them on a seasonal or timely theme.

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Margaret McCarthy

*A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.
-From Wikipedia