Deep in the earth they waited out the winter.
Roots, seeds, and bulbs.
Now they surge up and out
Each in their own way.
Deep in our bodies
Every little cell
Is doing it’s job
Staying healthy and well.
I heard this song yesterday right before I read the prompt. It goes “happy and well.” I remembered it as healthy and well. Maybe that’s because I made up a song to the tune of “I’m so Pretty” that goes, “I’m so healthy.” But anyway, this song below is fun and easy to learn. I’m a firm believer in singing and affirmations. I also like her outfit.
I’m wishing all of you good thoughts of being well from deep down in my heart.
I wrote the above on Friday evening which is usually my habit with SoCS. Now it’s Saturday morning and time to publish the post. I have to be honest. Though most of my posts are positive, because that’s what I think the world needs most, I’m not always positive. Sometimes I have waves of anxiety or sadness and grief, like this morning. I’ve been tired a lot lately. I tell myself it’s allergies. Maybe it is partly. So much is blooming. But it’s important to acknowledge all of our feelings.
Wild geese are going over right now as I write this. Their honking reminding me of Mary Oliver’s song. I meant to type poem. No, song…. I’ve shared this poem before here on “Anything is Possible.” The geese tell me to share it again.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Experience teaches us that the waves come and go. We learn to surf or to dive deep. The waves always pass.
Today’s prompt was: “deep.”
Dive deep into the Stream of consciousness with Linda Hill at:
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
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April 4, 2020 at 1:14 pm
I love the lyrics of “Every Little Cell.” Staying positive like the young woman in the video is important for our immune system to function at its best. I can’t sing as I used to, but I enjoy dancing to my favorite music 🙂
You’re not alone in having “waves of anxiety or sadness and grief.” Such feelings strike me most when I lie awake at night. I can’t help thinking about the millions of people who are far more vulnerable than I am to everything that’s wrong with our world today.
Blessings to you and your loved ones ❤
April 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm
I’m glad you enjoyed the song, Rosaliene. Thank you for helping me remember the millions of people who are truly suffering. May they be comforted somehow. Blessings to you and your loved one. ❤
April 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm
April 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm
This is an honest post, JoAnna. I think sometimes it’s important to acknowledge the struggle, especially now when so much can be stressful. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 💛
April 6, 2020 at 10:42 pm
Thanks, Laura. The struggle is real for all of us, but maybe it will make us stronger and wiser.I hope you and your family are doing well.
April 5, 2020 at 5:50 am
Your poems are beautiful and so positive
April 6, 2020 at 11:15 pm
Thank you, Derrick. That means a lot.
April 6, 2020 at 12:36 am
Yes, very important to acknowledge all of our feelings. After all, feelings are only visitors. They come and go. I find that once acknoweldged, they tend to dissipate. I hope you have some nice tea and feel better soon. Hugs.
April 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Thank you so much! I love your perspective on feelings as visitor. I’m definitely feeling better and hope you are all well. Hugs.
April 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm
I think most of us are living in a sorta shocked state because the information is constantly changing and the situation is constantly worsening — we get bombarded. Important to balance informed with at peace, much as we can. Sadness is a wave, happiness is brief, anger is easy.
I love Mary Oliver and this poem was a good choice for the post. We’re all connected.
Every little cell 🙂
April 9, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Thank you, Joey. Your insight and connection is comforting. I’ve avoided “the news” today for my health and sanity. Right now, you’ve reminded me to take a deep breath. Sending peace and hugs across the miles. 🙂