The Touch of Beauty

Here are a poem, a photograph, and a song to celebrate the arrival of spring weather.  As these pieces suggest (and as we learn from shoulderstand), difficulty can be a necessary part of rebirth.

Spring Prayer

The white that appears to be the last remnant
of snow in the woods is a plastic trash bag
snagged in the undergrowth, as natural a phenomenon
as anything, considering all things come
from something of this earth – you, me, plastic bags,
pebbles and sand – and we’re all moving at our own pace
somewhere, the where of which we haven’t figured out yet
and never will, the some of which is the treasure chest
of all we’ve accumulated, how lovingly we hold
these artifacts in our minds: the photo, the book,
the jewel, the sorrow, the green shoot piercing
last year’s fallen leaf.

-Stuart Kestenbaum, from Prayers & Run-on Sentences

Photograph: Daniel Sutherland*

I’ve decided to be happy
I’ve decided to be glad
I’ve decided to be grateful
For all I ever had
I’ve decided to let go
Of all this pain tonight
I’ve decided to let go
Of all these demons inside

I know…I am blessed
I know…all I ever wanted was this
I know…I don’t need more
I’ve got… what I came for

I’ve decided to be open
For that little voice inside
Telling me I’m beautiful
It’s okay to be alive
I’ve decided to be kinder
To myself when I am sad
I’ve decided to be grateful
For all I ever had

*Daniel is Fay’s brother, a gifted professional photographer whose work celebrates the natural beauty of Nantucket, where he lives.


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