Song of the Builders!


On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God, –
a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside,
this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope,
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
Mary Oliver
from Why I Wake Early (2004)

Text and image source: Johanna von Bernus @ The Celestial Sanctum

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Discovering Beauty in Adversity – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk


Sometimes the muse abandons us in our quest to create.  We say we are going through a desert, devoid of ideas, lacking inspiration, bereft of dreams. There is life if you are observant. To avoid the heat animals burrowing underground where the earth is cooler. They alter their lifestyle by adopting nocturnal habits. Plants develop spines for protection, deep roots to connect to life-sustaining moisture in the soil, and tough skin to prevent water evaporation.

We must do the same to access the gems we seek. The desert requires us to reach into our core for the gold we pursue. We adjust our procedures, struggling to attain the seeds that spark creation. The amazing thing is the work pays big dividends providing us with things we never imagined. We uncover rich beauty.

Where do you find unexpected beauty?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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now that you’ve seen
the worst of me
will you still hold me tight
or let go of me in a sight?

now that you’ve seen
the ugliness in me
will you still keep me warm
in your loving arms?

now that you have seen
the outrage i could make
will you understand
and stay as planned?

you don’t need to answer
your blank stare says it all


what do you see by  Sadje
What do you see # 27 – 27 April 2020

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