--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Indeed, the mighty mushroom
first sign of life in darkness and dankness
complicated and resilient
Wild fungi remind me well that one doesn't have to build a fortress around the heart to thrive. All that needs be done is to endure and shine.
and then try again
over and over,
the sum of effort yielding a life worth loving.
In this world of big and shiny city life all it takes is a retreat to the redwoods near the coast to see Emerson's words in fruitbody flesh
and be reminded of how strong softness can be.
It's ok to be full of love
it's wonderful to forgive
I don't always do it well, do you?
Sometimes I cling to my hurts and nurse them, building the stories up to be the stuff of legend until I laughingly remember how little that serves
and once again take up the path of remembering gratitude and breath.
I used to indulge long and often in these little tantrums
but now it's sometimes as brief as a walk before I come around
or remembering in my hot anger the grace that comes
in a dear friend telling me about bird calls over a simple lunch by the ocean...
the beautiful things in life that serve as a raft in the swift and deadly current of, "He did what?"
And thus reminded it is not long
before my heart bursts through the loam in beautiful color
peach as my baby's cheek
or deep orange like a yolk...
little kindness fungi everywhere we look friends: pay attention
to the dark places.
I celebrate the mighty mushroom with two adornments.
They are watercolor paintings of wild and tiny fungus
on enameled copper.
The earrings are post closure with tiny ferns roll-printed on the reverse side where they hug your ear
crafted of fine silver bezel and sterling.
The lariat necklace is a marriage of two types of fungi
tethered by a graceful and strong sterling chain and copper accents on the smaller piece.
The reverse side is counter-enameled a rich and earthy tan.
Both pieces are available
I encourage you to enter the giveaway
if you've not already done so
and I hope that you remember the power of tender things this fine day.