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Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of having fun. I’ve also written (often) about coming to grips and releasing the past. So I thought I would make peace with my past fears by combining something that caused me some bit of angst when I was 15 with something that gives me great joy today. When I was in tenth grade English, I really, Really, REALLY, REALLY didn’t like anyone reading stuff that I had written. I had to write a poem or get an F and so I did — write a poem that is. Somehow this poem (my very first poem in fact) that only my teacher was supposed to read — ended up in some local student publication called The Nomad. Probably only ten people bought the thing for a whole dollar but still I didn’t like people reading my stuff. And so today, I would like to take something that caused me such angst and make peace with it. I don’t think you can normally just decide your okay with what upset you in the past. I really think one needs to transform it into something new. So today, I am going to embrace the angst of my teen years and have fun combining my nearly 40-year-old poem with my current passion. Please enjoy my visual interpretation of The Awakening.

The Awakening

Heaven released a warm and gentle breath,

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slowly awakening the sleeping earth

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washing away the white, lonely barrenness.

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The sun smiled

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beckoning the life from its deathlike sleep.

One misty morning it arrived

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like the procession of a highly honored king.

Blue Jays

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Robins

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Cardinals, all announced the arrival

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by a rainbow-like display of vivid colors in the sky.

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Daffodils

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Hyacinths

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Jonquils, spray up from the oozing earth

to give their salute as they waved in the breeze.

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Wrestling

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Skipping

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Jumping

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and tumbling in the downy grass.

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The children sang their welcome

for all who could hear.

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Life has sprung from the awakening of life,

healing the deep scars of winter past.

 

I hope you enjoyed the peaceful transformation of my angst. I will confess I’m not great at flower identification, and I believe I have two daffodils and no Jonquil, but that is another thing I’ve made peace with in my life, I don’t have to be a perfectionist. What turmoil from your past have you peacefully transformed into something you love or had fun with? And most importantly, how did you do it so everyone can give it a try?

Love,

Colleen