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Silver Lake – Roxbury, Maine USA

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Tuesday Afternoon
Inland Lakes and Waterways
Silky Touch

Lessons from the Mist

I wait and listen
As the mist rises
From the water
Drifting over my face
As I sit on
the table rock.

I hear the drums,
The singers and
The voices of
The ancient ones.
Stories are told me
In wisps of mist.

“Keep these stories buried in your heart,
and when you share them, remember,they do
not belong to you. Every word you speak
or write, has been spoken or written before.
Take no credit for those things which belong
to every one.

“One day the earth will groan with the pain
inflicted on her by the carelessness and
indifference of man. He treads the storehouses
of the Mother and pollutes her wells. Wherever
he walks he leaves the footprints of his greed.

“The day will come when you will stand proud.
Your face will show the strength of your red blood
and the words you speak and write will be those
given to you in the wisdom of the ancients.
Not your words, grandaughter, speak not your words.

“Look to the forests, the lakes, streams and ponds,
to the ocean, the skies and the soil for the words
to speak. In them, you will find the knowledge of the
ancients. Touch the trees, smell the dirt, bathe in
the ponds and they will fill you with their wisdom.

“Drink tea made from the pine and it will heal you along
with the healing herbs that grow abundantly in the fields
planted by the hand of our Creator. For each plant you dig, you must leave three healthy ones to reproduce and provide
for years to come. Do not forget these lessons.

“There was a time when the gifts of the earth were free
for all men. Each person used only what they needed.
They did not store the water and sell it to their brother.
The Creator provided for all men, good and bad, water to drink, food to eat, sun to warm and rain to clean.

“Speak these words to all who listen. Aho”

Copyright 2009, Judith Hayes

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Photography gives me an opportunity to preserve those seconds in time that appear only once. I hope you will find one piece of work that makes you smile, evokes a memory, comforts, or gives pleasure. Those are my goals each time the shutter clicks. May you always walk in Beauty!


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  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture!!!

  • Thanks so much Isa! ♥

    – Judith Hayes

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 5 years ago

    Absolutely breathtaking. Well done.

  • Thanks so much for your comment!

    – Judith Hayes

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 5 years ago

    looks great to me. tom

  • Thanks so much Tom!

    – Judith Hayes

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 5 years ago

    A lovely misty scene!

  • Thanks so much Barbara! ♥

    – Judith Hayes

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 5 years ago

    simply stunning!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Judith Hayes

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 5 years ago

    “Mistical” is the right word, as is magical, splendid, beautiful, and stunning

  • Thanks so much for your kind words!

    – Judith Hayes

  • Nora Fraser
    Nora Fraserover 5 years ago

    wow wonderful

  • Thanks so much Nora and thank you big bunches for buying a card!! You made my day !♥!

    – Judith Hayes

  • indyjill
    indyjillover 5 years ago

    I came to read your current entry in the Spirit of the Native American Challenge. It’s beautifully written! Dramatic and well told. The accompanying image is breathtaking, too.

  • Thanks so much Jill ♥ Im not an artist, so I rely on my photography and writing to express my feelings. I would love to be able to paint and draw as you do.

    – Judith Hayes

  • indyjill
    indyjillover 5 years ago

    Judith. I disagree. You ARE an artist. Writing is painting with words and photography takes the eye of an artist to see the art in the world around them and capture it. I’m not a photographer. I take pictures and sometimes they turn out interesting. But, I can appreciate the art in photography and admire the photographic artist. You experss yourself in writing and photos very well.

  • Thank you Jill. I love to write more than any thing… since I was a child and photography is my second passion. I appreciate your comments! And… I still admire your artistic talent.

    – Judith Hayes

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 5 years ago

    Beautiful coupling of words and image! I found the poetry especially moving. Artists are not limited to a single medium… They have an innate eye or ear for Beauty, a keen instinct for the Truth, Light and Dark, in Life, a desire to create, and a need to inspire others with their gift… wordcrafting, basketweaving, blacksmithery, painting, baking, music, photography… Art is as limitless as the Beauty that inspires it. And Artists, whatever their preferred medium, are here to remind others of the Beauty around us, the importance of appreciating it, how to open yourself to Beauty and Creator… to reconnect with All Our Relations.. which is exactly what you do. Face it, dearheart… you Are an Artist! :)

    wishing you laughter

  • Thank you so much Quinn. I appreciate you taking the time to look at my work and read my poetry. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I was very touched by your words about the loss of your child. It has been said that the Great One, sometimes loans an angel, for a little while, to very special people. It would appear you were so blessed.

    – Judith Hayes

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