Thursday, 24 May 2018

Door Obsessed

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed."
- Walt Whitman


In a little wood glen met a small baby fox and a little small hen.
It wasn’t quite likely, but both being lost, they became the best friends.
They took off together to find each one’s home.
Oh, the adventures they had as they set out to roam.
They first met a dog. When they asked for directions
He chased them until they found a log for protection!
The second they met was a little quaint snail.
He wasn’t much help, he was too slow on the trail.
“How do you live?”, asked the hen of the fox.
“I’m not really sure, I might live in a box.”
“Where do you fit in?”, said the fox to the hen.”
“It seems to me that I live in a pen.”
The next visitor they met was an ant hauling food.
He wasn’t much help but at least he was good.
He hadn’t seen a box but he knew of this frog
Who knew a lot when his memory was jogged.
And, so, they went about their way this baby fox and small hen.
They were a little afraid but brave they would pretend.
As they met each new person, they would stand straight and tall
And talk in their big voice so they wouldn’t seem small.
Who knew about a pen that might be home to hen?
All shook their heads and said,
“You’ll have to look elsewhere for a bed.”
The day had ended for the small hen and baby fox.
They did not find their pen or box.
So, having found a friend in each other
They snuggled in together under a bush for cover.
As the owl hooted his goodnight song,
The baby fox and small hen were snoozing along.
Art CJ

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wandering Wood

Wandering Wood
The air saturated green
Wraps itself around my form
Its scent spiced with musty earth
Thick and expectant,
Heavy like draped animal skin.
I wear it as if I belong.
Bare feet against mud and leaves
A patchwork of ochre underfoot,
I will keep walking
until twisted branches meet above my head
Turning my sky deep umber.
I will meander
Through thorns and thickets,
Over wise gnarled roots,
Across rocks, moss, feathers,
Until I am more creature than woman
And my skin turns to bark.
In this place
My wandering wood
I am not who I thought I was.
In the forest’s womb
Her trees watch you, they listen.
They will whisper and chatter,
Woody breath on the breeze
Speaking your stories with mulch tongues.
They know you to your bones,
The marrow and mineral of you
As you stand beneath them
empty as Pandora’s opened box.
Repeating a question
In this place,
My wandering wood,
People can lose their minds.
With my bark skin, warm and rough,
Lungs full of sap and birdsong
I kneel on creeping ivy
As it weaves me in.
My mind is not lost in this place,
I gave it away
In return for my heart.
Poetry by Toni Cogdell
Art by Toni Cogdell

Monday, 21 May 2018

Piglet And Me

How to be a better human being.
Learn to love for no other reason than love, don’t put a price on it, don’t ask for it to be reciprocated, do it unconditionally and do it naturally. Don’t try and find a reason to love as it simply can’t be reasoned, love everyone and everything, it’s the most powerful emotion we can have and it’s simply beautiful.
Find it everywhere because it is everywhere, from the butterflies you chase around the gardens or sleeping in your favourite sun spot. It’s there, we just forget about the joy and awe life itself presents us with each and everyday. There is joy in just running for the sake of it, joy in bounding through long grass or splashing about in water. Smile more and you will find your inner joy.
Be close to those you are close to. Know your friends and loved ones are there for you no matter what and repay that loyalty tenfold. When they need you the most be there, just sit with them, hold them and assure them. Loyalty is priceless but give it away freely to those that need it.
Time is precious and is not unlimited, we have little time upon this mortal coil so need to make sure we give each second of each minute of each hour of each day our all. Live life to the full and get others you surround yourself with to live their lives in the same manner.
The good:
See the good in everyone no matter what. They may treat you badly, they may shun you, they may be cruel, they may ignore you but know not all are this way. Find the good no matter what, find the good even if they don’t deserve it. You will find the ones who deserve it and will reward your outlook time and time again. Be the bigger person always.
It matters not where you come from, the pigmentation of your skin, your race, your size, your ability, your status, it means nothing. All that matters is that you have a heart, you breath the same, you love the same, you are and are accepted no matter what.
You want to be a better human being?
Take inspiration from your pupper ❤️

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Fairytale Forests of Yakushima

The island features deer, monkeys, and thousand-year-old trees.

akushima is an almost perfectly round island 37 miles south off the southernmost point of the Japanese island of Kyushu. Its remote and isolated setting is home to one of the best-preserved moderate temperate growth rainforests in Japan.
The 17-mile-wide island also possesses one of the wettest climates anywhere in the world, so much so that locals say it rains “35 days a month.”
Diverse ecosystems coexist here, ranging from subtropical lowlands, to cool temperate highlands, where it can even snow. The combination of these factors has given Yakushima a mystical aura that is often compared to fantasy lands such as the island where King Kong resides (in large part due to its almost perfectly round shape), as well as providing inspiration for the animated film Princess Mononoke from the Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli.
Tiny red flags indicate where to go through the many winding trail paths found on the island.
Tiny red flags indicate where to go through the many winding trail paths found on the island.
To reach Yakushima, you take a leisurely four-hour ferry ride from Sakurajima, famous for its active volcano that makes headlines every few years as it spews ash to cover the city. The ferry lands at the north of the island in the port settlement of Miyanoura, where the majority of Yakushima’s population of about 13,000 resides. The rest of the population is sprinkled along the coastline supporting mostly tourism activity that has replaced the logging economy that once thrived here.
The undulating mountains at the center of the island serve as the backdrop for an archetypal Japanese lantern-covered wooden bridge at Miyanoura Port.
The undulating mountains at the center of the island serve as the backdrop for an archetypal Japanese lantern-covered wooden bridge at Miyanoura Port.
The desire for a spiritual experience with nature lures many to this island, where many Japanese salarymen relieve job stress by hiking the interior mountains. There are multiple walking trails, some of which traverse the entire width of the island. For those who wish to do overnight hikes, simple mountain huts found along certain parts of the trails that can be used free of charge.
Hard stone mixes with ever-present meandering roots on the trail of Shiratani Unsuikyo.
Hard stone mixes with ever-present meandering roots on the trail of Shiratani Unsuikyo.
The trails wind among Yakushima cedar trees (Yaku-sugi), which are famous for their incredibly old age. Most are around 1,000 years old, and a few are believed to be older than 7,000. Due to the abundant rainfall, there are moss-covered rocks all over the forest floor, which add to the overwhelming green.
The largest animals to be found are Yakushima macaque monkeys and spotted white sika deers that are endemic to the island. These two creatures sometimes show a symbiotic relationship. Some visitors have even reported seeing monkeys riding the deer for transportation purposes.
Tree trunks embracing one another.
Tree trunks embracing one another.
The endemic Yaku sugi (cryptomeria cedars) are often entirely covered with younger sugi and epiphytes.
The endemic Yaku sugi (cryptomeria cedars) are often entirely covered with younger sugi and epiphytes.
Flowing water in a brook appears to make a green moss-covered rock rise up from among its neighbors.
Flowing water in a brook appears to make a green moss-covered rock rise up from among its neighbors.
A steep portion of the trail is made easier by the placement of irregular planks of wood.
A steep portion of the trail is made easier by the placement of irregular planks of wood.

How to Drown a Flame when you’re the One on Fire. {Poem} Via Brooklynn Bosworth

And I hate that you’re like me—coming out of something fresh.
Something you still miss.
Someone you still love.
Because I can’t even be upset over it
Or throw a fit
Or even let this go for fear of losing it.
I hate it because I can’t resist it.
And I know it’s unfair.
Know it’s unhealthy.
Know it’s what I deserve—
Looking to get lost in someone else.
Drown the sorrow with comfort,
Suffocate the empty parts with companionship.
Because you can’t feed the fire
And expect it to cease.
You have to cut it off.
Let the air be gone.
Choke the flames out until they die.
But the fire feels so warm
And I’m not ready for the cold.
The fire burns so light
And I’m not ready for the dark.
The fire is both safety and danger
Risk and reward
But I keep braving this fire
And I keep getting burned.
So how do you put out a flame,
How do you say no,
Draw the line down
In the sand of hearts that shift like a side winder,
Hearts that you can never fully know…
How do you stop the burn,
When you’re the one
On fire?

Friday, 18 May 2018

18 Quotes for when it Feels like we’re Low-Key Failing at Life. Via Nicole Cameron

Chris Hay

1. “Some damage is too severe, some harm endures. And what you have to do is accept it. And by accept it I mean, don’t be the paralyzed person in the bed who is waiting to walk again. Realize, it’s never gonna happen. And find some other way to get around—swing from a vine, get a Mad Max wheelchair. Anything but…wait.” ~ Augusten Burroughs

2. “Life is hard—not because we’re doing it wrong, just because it’s hard.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton
3. “Fear wears so many clever disguises it is virtually impossible to always recognize it. Fear disguises itself as the need to be somewhere else, doing something else, not knowing how to do something or not needing to do something.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant
4. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~ Maya Angelou
5. “Sometimes what makes us insecure and vulnerable becomes the fuel we need to be overachievers. The antidote for a snakebite is made from the poison, and the thing that made you go backward is the same force that will push you forward.” ~ T.D. Jakes
6. “It’s a wonder I’m even alive. Sometimes I think that. I think that I can’t believe I haven’t killed myself. But there’s something in me that just keeps going on. I think it has something to do with tomorrow, that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.” ~ Augusten Burroughs
7. “You’ve learned a new rule and it’s simple: don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from.” ~ Lena Dunham
8. “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant
9. “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
10. If there’s a silver lining to the emptiness, here it is: the unfillable is what brings people together. I’ve never made a friend by bragging about my strengths, but I’ve made countless by sharing my weakness and my emptiness.” ~Glennon Doyle Melton
11. “Her toolbox is full. She has learned to not let go of the pieces of herself that she needs in order to be what someone else wants. She’s learned not to compromise. She’s learned not to settle. She’s learned, as difficult as it is, how to be her own sun.” ~ Shonda Rhimes
12. “But sometimes your light attracts moths and your warmth attracts parasites. Protect your space and energy.” ~ Warsan Shire
13. “Life is long, people change, I would never be foolish enough to think otherwise. But no matter what, nothing can ever be as it was. Everything has changed in a way that sounds trite and borderline offensive when recounted over coffee. I can never be who I was. I can simply watch her with sympathy, understanding, and some measure of awe.” ~ Lena Dunham
14. “I think it’s a mighty act of human love to remind somebody that they can accomplish things by themselves, and that the world does not automatically owe them any reward, and that they are not as weak and hobbled as they may believe.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
15. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~ Audre Lorde
16. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f*ck on.” ~ Tupac Shakur
17. “[Perfectionism] is the satin-lined casket of creativity and originality. If you’re a perfectionist, at least stop announcing you’re one, and try to get over it yourself, alone in your home with the lights off.” ~ Augusten Burroughs
18. “We are the people that we have been waiting for and no one else is coming.” ~ T.D. Jakes

Author: Nicole Cameron