Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? In my Wednesday night yoga class at McCabe Community Center, led by Barbara Burgess-Camardella, we are working on poet’s pose. I have recently attended a poetry reading with some most talented poets at Howlin’ Books and Grimey’s on 8th avenue which takes place the first Friday of each month except during the summer. If you want to hear some wonderful artists reading their works, head to Howlin’ Books on Friday May 8th at 7:00pm. I have also been reading the poetry of Mary Oliver and Pablo Neruda, two of my favorite poets and some excerpts from “The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume VI: Tennessee” which is filled with gems from some of Tennessee’s best poets. All of this inspires me to share a poem I wrote in January, during the bleak mid-winter, as I was awaiting on the spring.
She is standing, naked and alone,
Every now and then, stirred by the wind.
But it’s a cold wind
That has stripped her of her youthfulness,
Her outer beauty.
She is gray and brittle,
And in her eyes, you see nothing.
Her soul is bare, much like her limbs,
Stripped down, nothing to hide behind.
She will feel the breath of her lover
Blowing gently over her.
The warmth of his smile
Beaming down on her, his gentle touch on her brittle skin
Bringing life back in to her body.
Her essential energy begins to flow again
Coursing through her entire being
Bringing flame and fire.
Igniting a passion so deep, that the beauty that lay dormant within
Begins to emerge.
Slowly at first, but building
Until she can contain it no longer,
Bursting forth into glorious splendor.
The beautiful, pink blush of love
Bringing life back where it belongs
Into the cherry tree in my front yard.
Today, my family gathered together on this Easter Sunday to share a meal and hide eggs for the younger set. We had a wonderful pot luck, fabulous desserts, listened to great music and visited until late afternoon. We sat under my big hackberry tree which provides shelter and shade in our back yard. We have just found that this tree is very sick and she will be taken down tomorrow. I decided to honor her presence on this last day by adorning her in a fine fashion – much like the women in church today in their Easter finery. She ended up looking like a gypsy woman with a peace tambourine, 2 tiara’s and lots of waving ribbons. Many eggs were hid in her boughs. Our landscape will be forever changed tomorrow and I am already grieving her loss. It has been suggested that I replace her, but I think I will wait a season or two to settle in and observe the change. Dean from Arbor Art seems very capable of gently removing her from the landscape. I trust him and know that he will remove her with care.
In my last article, I outlined many April events. I have already started researching some May events and will highlight them in my next article. I think I have a comprehensive and eclectic list of events to share – something for everyone, so stay tuned!
Just as a reminder, don’t forget about Skyville Live on April 7th, Nashville Fashion Week on April 7-11, Nashville Film Festival on April 16 – 25, Rights of Spring at Vanderbilt on April 17 and 18th, St. Jude’s Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon on April 25 and Bob Dylan at TPAC on April 27.