Poem: Blessing the Wasteland

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by Carolyn W. Treadway


Life Emerging © Carolyn Treadway

Their blessing,
So deeply given,
s-l-o-w-l-y descends
through the granite of my despair
until it permeates my soul.

Like water reaching through barren earth
Or sunshine smiling upon frozen wasteland,
it brings life:
Life for me, for us.
So tender, so precious life.

Vulnerable and fragile
like a seed cracking open;
conditions must be right
for the life force to grow.

Their blessing opens the seed—
somehow still present deep within—
toward Light
toward growth
toward change.

Their blessing provides
and above all
sacred, healing connection,
inviting us to remember
that future life could  be lived
in something more than
radioactive mud huts
after all.

What could be more important
for us and
for our world
at this crucial, pivotal, heart-stopping time
than to live deeply,
offering blessing
and being blessed?

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ctreadwayCarolyn Wilbur Treadway is a psychotherapist, family therapist, pastoral counselor, and social worker, now retired after 55 years of facilitating change and growth in people’s lives. She continues her personal life/sustainability coaching practice, GraceFull Life Coaching, by phone or Skype.   She “speaks for Earth” however she can—as a climate leader (trained by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project since 2007), anti-nuclear activist, program presenter, writer, and photographer. Since the mid-1980s she has been part of the Work That Reconnects. With her husband Roy, she lives in Lacey, Washington. Their three children and four young grandchildren constantly fuel her motivation to preserve our precious Earth. 

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