Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Heart is a Fiddlehead Fern

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My heart is a wild fiddlehead fern,
unraveling its stem slowly as I raise my face 
to the sun.

My veins are sap rising,
sending nourishment to my leafy arms
waving at the sky.

My feet are planted deeply
in Mother Earth,
loving the warm dark underworld,
so rich with life and nourishment,
so sustaining,
that encourages my unfolding.

My heart is a wild fiddlehead fern,
that needs an intact forest
to survive.

We think that we are apart from nature, when in truth, we are just another of nature's creatures, neither less nor more important. We are systems, intricately designed, by a Master Engineer, to give us - each human, each worm, each fiddlehead fern - exactly what we need to survive, as long as we understand our interconnection with all things. And even when we don't, so generous is Mother Earth to her creatures.

Grace  (Heaven) gave us the most wonderful prompt at Real Toads: Making a Heart Out of Wild Plants, a prompt that speaks directly to my heart. I was in need of inspiration, as I am in one of my reclusive phases, so thank you, Grace, for this inspired and inspiring prompt.

38 comments:

  1. You are all fern and tree and fiddle heart too. Your presence and life enriches our environment. Keep writing!

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  2. ah i need the forest as well...and keeping our roots firm in mother earth is the way to live...

    all else fails fiddle heads are edible too...smiles...ha

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  3. Your heart is in the right place~ I love the line: My heart is a wild fiddlehead fern ~ We do need the intact forest to survive ~ Love this one Sherry (I thought about you when I was writing my post, smiles) ~

    Have a lovely weekend ~

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  4. I love your opening line, Sherry. It sounds so full of promise. Lovely lovely poem.

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  5. This is definitely autobiographical of you. Your feet ARE planted in the earth...and yes, I can see the connection your heart would have with a fiddlehead fern! Lovely verse.

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  6. Lovely expression, very true we all are part of the nature just as any other organism is.

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  7. wow... so professionally written!! i loved it!! :)

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  8. We are part of nature, nicely captured.

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  9. Sherry did you know that as I was reading your poem, I was the fern itself awakening from a heavenly dream where God has dressed me with clothes of gold and emerald and that He is the sun nourishing my growth. Thanks for this mesmerizing image. I feel empowered just by reading your poem. :)

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  10. This very poem breathes and radiates with life and truth..such a vibrant portrait of your heart, Sherry. Beautiful!!

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  11. I like how you connect to nature, with your feet 'deeply planted' and a heart that is a wild fiddlehead heart. It is obvious in your words that nature is very important for you and that she nourishes you.

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  12. A fern has a way of reminding us how nature is without our interference

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  13. There is something that is so charming and innocent about the heart being a "wild fiddle heart fern" that the entire poem becomes engaging and sweetly vulnerable - Love the repetition as well

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  14. A beautiful poem acknowledging the Creator.. The image of the unfurling fern is an example of perfection. We are surrounded by perfection in nature but we are blind to it... our eyes turned inwards.Love this one.

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  15. lovely and as nourishing as the nature you describe.

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  16. So beautiful..indeed we all are connected to nature..:)

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  17. sometimes i become obsessed with the notion of what will happen to my physical being when my spirit my soul has departed. i now know it is consumed by the earth and will soon be a fiddlehead fern. if not then i wish to become a great oak. this piece helps me consider its direction. gracias mi amiga

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  18. I love these ferns, and love your poem too.

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  19. Hi Sherry. Out wandering the forest again, I see . . .

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  20. This made me think of the short book The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, a story of a girl who survived on fiddle heads until she worked her way out of the wilderness.

    Well done.

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  21. My heart is a wild fiddlehead fern, That is a powerful image and gee I wish I wrote that line..I always enjoy your poetry. You have a good heart Sherry this I know.

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  22. How beautiful this is...I love every word. As humans we are the only beings with an ego, which makes things so much more difficult...thanks for sharing your lovely words, Sherry. :)

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  23. Your words just inspired, Sherry! I can only nod with a sincere smile on my face in every lines you so beautifully expressed here. Bless you. smiles.

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  24. My heart is a wild fiddlehead fern,
    that needs an intact forest
    to survive..... i just love thia - and yes - i need it as well...

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  25. sometimes i envy the place you are living in, when i look around my concrete jungle. but nature is so amazing. i was thinking about the mango trees around my workplace. they provide food for the birds and the bats, and even some of us humans too, and they provide shade for the workers doing the roadworks. :)

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  26. Very good and so true. The interconnectedness of life is always a good topic. You only missed how tasty they are when sauteed.

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  27. That was a wonderful dance with nature, and you are absolutely, perfectly right about the connection. Glad you were inspired by the prompt, its always nice when you come out and all of us Parazzi Toads get to snap pictures...lol.

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  28. Or paparazzi...lol. Whatever you prefer, darn fat fingers.

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  29. Love where inspiration took you...

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  30. Pretty plants, I am sure they inspired this lovely poem. And yes, I understand why your heart has such close roots to beautiful green things growing.
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  31. I love those ferns unraveling.. what a beutyful image... of being part of nature.

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  32. aw! love this. sap rising, yes!

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  33. You make my green heart smile! I love this and yes, the needing of a forest~ So many gorgeous lines in this poem :D

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  34. life and heart as a plant...i think this is beautiful.

    reminds me that it is the earth, the universe, for hence we came and is what sustains us, still.

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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  35. Something about raising our faces to the sun is so very healing for our hearts. Nature's medicine, if we remember to sink our roots deep into the earth.

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  36. Hey Sherry-- a wonderful metaphor that plays on the heart strings! Thanks. K.

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  37. reads like a fairy tale, Sherry :) ~

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