This week's activity is inspired by a poem written by Sally Atkins.
Where I Am From
I am from sycamore
from cedar and sage from walnuts and witch hazel
roots of mountain laurel
gnarly and strong
I'm from shadows
of darkling pines
and eye shine of the mountain lion
I'm from wolf and wild turkey
from black bear and white tailed deer
from raven and red tailed hawk
and the winter call
of the great horned owl
I'm from whitewaters of the Nantahala
from headwaters of the New
rivers flowing clear and cold
in the veins of my blood
I’m from Storyteller Rock
the healing valley
sheltered by the Grandfather
I’m from the tongue of the northwest wind
licking the lingering leaves of beech
weaving her name in the braid of my hair
carving my true name
in the curve of my bones
Take a pen and paper with you to a quiet spot outside where you can relax.
Spend a few minutes enjoying the world around you.
Plan to write for the next 20 minutes.
Use this line from Sally Atkins as your jump off line.
I am from……
This is meant to be a journey. See where that line takes you. Don't worry about spelling, grammar or making it sound good. This is for you. It's about the process. You can go back to it later if you want to edit it. For now just let the words spill on to the page.