Wednesday, March 23, 2011

White Flowers for Japan


Into White
[written by Pamela Terry in response to the disaster in Japan. Read more of Pamela's always insightful thoughts at The House of Edward]

We thought the snows of winter had completely disappeared, but we were wrong.
As we dreamt around the fire, wrapped up tightly in our thoughts, the snowflakes were gathered up from their wet melted state by the bushels and boatloads, the hampers and crates. For weeks and a day Mother Nature turned them over in her celadon hands, commissioning the angels to wash them clean, to flute their edges like bridal gown silk. Now thusly refashioned, all over town, the white snows of winter have reappeared on the pear trees, copious, fluffy and clean, the passementerie of angels, the first sign of Spring.

And I, who always send flowers of white to honour the dead, have heard the great empty silence from far over the oceans as thousands of souls rose up through white clouds.
So I plant white allyssum in planters and windowboxes.
They spill over the stone.
Their fragrance floats on the afternoon air.
With a delicate beauty, they are flowers brave enough to weather all the cold yet to come - each blossom a prayer, each petal a remembrance.

I thought when I was old enough I would understand more, thought the candles on my birthday cake would signify a wisdom denied to the young.
But there are mysteries more enormous and questions more complex than I could ever have imagined when placing my hope in the breadth of my years.
So I plant and I pray, and hold hands with the earth.
As the world turns into white.

Both drawings above from Art & Ghosts.

by Natsuo Ikegami at Chana Bean. Support other artists of Japan here.

We do break like china don't we. We cry. We grieve - for the thousands a of lives shortened; for those left behind in shock and grief; for the transient nature of our existence. Sometimes the pain comes from a feeling of helplessness. There are things we can do. We can all send Metta (loving kindness) across the miles to those who are suffering. If we're financially able, we can donate to appeals such as the Red Cross.We can plant our own white flowers.


Chrisy said...

Thank you dear friend for your comments. Be kind to yourself today.

ArtSnark said...

thought provoking post & haunting, lovely pics. Hope this note finds you well, my friend

Natsuo said...

Thank you for your warm thoughts and support. It encourages me(us). hug and love

DitzyRedhead said...

I really love the top painting - it's amazing.

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely post, darling!


jeannette said...

Love the work of the last artist! Very inspirational -thanks for sharing!

Sam said...

Very lovely post Chrisy - Art and Ghosts is sublime - I often go and have a look at her blog!

knk said...

beautiful arts i really appreciate those artists

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thank you for the reprint.
I'm so happy you were touched by the poem.

Imogen said...

These are very powerful words and images. I especially like the first picture. Absolutely unbelievable what has happened.

Anonymous said...

Such abeautiful post about Japan. So much love!
The world needs more of this love and help!