This Blog has become a forum for a number of serious Pagan women to post and create. Our object is to provide a voice.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A WHISPER IN THE RABBIT HOLE by Peno Hardesty


lash flood waters recede slowly
dampness clings to the leaves
night comes 
amid the debris a stirring
leaves wet don't crackle
listen
where was the cure for smallpox
you hung her at salem
and heart disease
he was a german jew--you know what happened
and cancer
he was freed but then the klan caught him
autism
she drowned fleeing syria
where is the answer to peace 
it is in the heart of every one
buried beneath racism and religious intolerance
hidden beneath the guns and the fear of other
can you teach us
i tried
i tried to teach you
but you killed me

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Day Lily

The taxonomy of the day lily includes the following:
Kingdom – Plantae – plants
Division – Tracheophyta – vascular plants
Class – Magnoliopsida
Family – Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genius – Hemerocallis L. – the day lily

There are many species, a number of hybrids and dozens of cultivars.  They all share a common genetic foundation, a family in fact, and yet they are all different.  They have different sizes, different shapes, different colors, some scent and some don’t. In the garden of a day lily aficionado one might expect to find 50, 60, even a hundred varieties – they are as passionate as any rose grower.

The moral of this story of the day lily is that nature will not tolerate intolerance.  She mandates diversity.  As gardeners we can’t imagine a world where all flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses looked alike.  It is in the nature of gardeners to seek imperfect balance and perfect chaos because that is the definition of beauty. 

Gardening is a spiritual craft, a prayer planted in the soil, nurtured with the hand and heart and made manifest through good will and faith.  I have never understood the blindness that would rob the world of diversity that would make all flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses and people the same. Such sightlessness is spiritual suicide, prayer without hope, profound neglect, a corruption of the will and the antithesis of faith.


Behold the lovely day lily, Goddess’ testament to the magnificence of diversity.