Thursday, December 10, 2015

Earth and Sky

Water comes first, then we follow,
gasp in a big breath of air, and then we cry.
Thus we are introduced to the world
as it always was and always will be.
Water: essential, blessed,
part of our beings from our very first day.

Through the Sacred Medicine Wheel I journeyed,
dipped my toes in a magical sea,
soul thrumming with the song of the waves.
My sign, my element, my spirit's home:
Mother Ocean.

Above, the sky, the air, the vast expanse,
curving over all
the great blue bowl of aether,
underfoot, the earth, brown and humble
and mothering.

I bow to you, Sky, I sing with you, Wind,
I dance in the rain, laughing
at the great clap of thunder,
feel the rushing whoosh of wind on my face,
raindrops falling on my spirit,
cleansing me anew,
healing the riven places, washing
all negative energy away.

When I am clean, 
when the Great Bowl Above grows dark,
I creep homeward, 
settle beside a crackling fire,
remember the winking stars, 
the great wheeling seabirds,
wonder at the beauty gracing this span of time 
that is still mine.

To the earth I bow, in gratitude, 
in homecoming. 
It waits to receive me
when that final moment comes,
when I will become one
with All That Is.

First, there was water,
at the end
only earth and sky.

for Hannah's Transforming with Nature's Wonders at Real Toads: to write about the elements.


  1. This poem carries such movement and magic, Sherry - truly beautiful on so many levels. I really appreciate how you open with birth and end with the passage into spirit world.

    "I bow to you, Sky, I sing with you, Wind,
    I dance in the rain"

    I love this!!

    Thank you, so much for participating!! :)

  2. You captured me with the first two lines and I was spell-bound by the way you developed the theme all the way to the final lines.

  3. Those elements all cooperating, doing their job. I liked the birthing the best. Then I was glad to see, and particularly interested in, how you handled aether, very nice.
    The end does its purpose, we STOP.

  4. Wow.. I really like the walk through the elements in this.. such a great walk starting with water ending with soil.. and during our walk we are part of all the elements... yes this is what life should be.

  5. A lovely ode to the elements Sherry ~

  6. I agree wholeheartedly with Grace

  7. Indeed--the journey through this life is one of air and sky, home to mother earth. Lovely Sherry.

  8. This is so well-rounded and elegantly written. I love the almost cyclical reasoning but then the last line is like a stab in the chest. Excellent.

  9. I enjoyed the atmosphere in this poem, joyful and also meditative.

  10. you have captured the cirle of life quite elegantly

  11. This is a lovely circle dance, Sherry--I hope to have that equanimity and fervor both ! Thanks. k.

  12. Your poem is so complete. A circle of life continuing into eternity

    Thanks for dropping in to read mine

    Much love...

  13. Lovely. How beautifully you describe our tranformation with, into all, into one. This poem is so rich in meaning. I love it.


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