…and the earth prays

Clouds slung over land
like a prayer shawl before the dawn.
They cling softly to earth’s shoulders,
until sun begins to warm her soul.
Mist slowly slips away
leaves moisture upon her limbs,
like tear drops shed in supplication
seeking grace for this day.

Monday’s quadrille (a poem of exactly 44 words) for dVerse, that virtual pub for poets, where today Kim is tending bar and folks are writing about clouds. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time. Stop on over and imbibe in more clouds. Photos from a past trip to Alaska.

63 thoughts on “…and the earth prays

  1. Grace October 10, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Love the prayer shawl before dawn ~ I also like the prayer of grace for this day ~ A lovely share Lillian ~

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Grace. Kim really gave us a great word today!

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  2. lynn__ October 10, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Beautiful and meditative post, Lillian! (I hope to visit Alaska someday.)

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      I started out thinking about a blanket of fog, then a blanket to comfort, to a comforter and finally the ole brain swung round to this. Glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks Bjorn. So glad to have Kim on board – just a wonderfully done prompt!

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  3. kim881 October 10, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    A beautiful personification of the earth, Lillian. I love the image of ‘Clouds slung over land /
    like a prayer shawl before the dawn’. There is a gentle shift from one type of cloud to another, and the poignant tear drops at the end. Those photographs of Alaska are stunning!

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Kim. Just a wonderful prompt you’ve written. And yes – there is grandeur in Alaska!

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      • kim881 October 10, 2016 / 4:46 pm

        One place I would love to see.

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  4. Bodhirose October 10, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    A beautifully spiritual inspiration today, Lillian. I love the gentle peace of the earth in this.

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you. The scene we saw was indeed peaceful that morning – serene and oh so quiet. Hushed – perfect for a prayer shawl! 😊

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  5. Sanaa Rizvi October 10, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Gosh❤️This is such a gorgeous personification of Nature 😀 especially adore the image; “They cling softly to earth’s shoulders, until sun begins to warm her soul.” Sigh..❤️ Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  6. Linda Kruschke October 10, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    I love the idea of clouds being a prayer shawl, that even when it’s gone the blessing of the prayer remains.

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Exactly! It was such a serene scene to come upon. There is so much quiet beauty in Alaska. ❤️

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  7. Glenn Buttkus October 10, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    You nailed this prompt for sure, love the concept, very creative with 44 delicious words. A few years ago we drove up the Alcan Highway to Alaska, spent a week & drove back; took thousand of pics, got ate alive by the mosquitos & sadly, had to detour around dozens of fires.

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Glenn. We absolutely loved our time in Alaska. We took a long and tough hike that ended us at the foot of a glacier – others put crimp-ons on their boots and actually walked up ON the glacier. We sat right at its foot, the ice shelf right there, and saw the cracks, the slow dripping, the actual evidence of global warming before our eyes – with the blue/white ice. There are some poems and photos of it under The Travel Muse heading on my site. Such absolute grandeur in Alaska.

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  8. sarahsouthwest October 10, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Mist slowly slips away
    leaves moisture upon her limbs,

    Love those lines. I love those early morning mists, you paint them so beautifully with your words. Gorgeous images, too.

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you, Sarah. Yes — the early morning mists have a special quiet to them.😊

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  9. navasolanature October 10, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    It’s so beautiful and elegantly written and I love the cloud like a prayer shawl, so mystical but close to nature.

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    • lillian October 10, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Oh “mystical” is such a good word for this scene we came upon…

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  10. paulscribbles October 10, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    A beautiful prayer to the Mother. Here in Scotland this morning we had such clouds, draping themselves across the hills. I felt a blessing then and I feel one now. Thank You.

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:05 am

      So late to the reading here — thank you for the comment here — smiling I am.

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  11. Brian October 10, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    A beautiful prayer for the connections we all share.

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:06 am

      Thank you, Brian. Smiling I am.

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Thank you! And thank you for the reblog as well. Truly appreciated….late to replying but the feelings are the same..thank you!

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:09 am

      So very late to reading replies….time can just get away from you 😦 So glad you enjoyed and that it came at a timely time. Smiling I am…….

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  12. maria October 10, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Ah, a very beautiful poem. So calm and serene.

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  13. rosemawrites October 11, 2016 / 12:14 am

    Oh Lill. This is breathtaking!! especially these lines:
    “Clouds slung over land
    like a prayer shawl before the dawn.”

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:10 am

      So very late to reading replies….somehow the clock ticked way too fast these past few days! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Truly appreciate it.

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  14. whippetwisdom October 11, 2016 / 9:30 am

    I love these mornings with low cloud and mist over the land and you describe it so beautifully in your poem, especially ‘like a prayer shawl before dawn’.

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:11 am

      These kinds of mornings are indeed peaceful. So glad you enjoyed this one.

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:12 am

      …and I love it when the clouds “roll” in as mist and a bit of fog…..so mystical! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  15. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) October 11, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    like tear drops shed in supplication
    seeking grace for this day.

    A humbling reaction most noble in one’s relationship with a loved one. Wonderful lines lillian!

    Hank

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    • lillian October 14, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Thank you, Hank. Your thoughtful comment is truly appreciated. Late to my replies here — but tipping my second cup to you this morning! 🙂

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  16. katiemiafrederick October 12, 2016 / 12:39 am

    icy clouds Northern
    morn.. dawns day
    refreshed
    away
    from
    Sweat of
    Sun as Summer
    roams lands South…
    no relief.. cLouds peace..:)

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      • katiemiafrederick October 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

        Me too..
        Big spread of
        October Azure
        Skies for
        Now in
        Florida..
        Friend.. Lillian..:)

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  17. Truedessa October 12, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    clouds a prayer shawl, may grace find a way

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