There were once writers who became friends on a website in cyberspace, never meeting except through the mindfulness of their words. These women formed elements which supported and contrasted. They sensed each other’s despairs and joys on a level that was instinctive.
One was by far the younger and had felt great heartache in her life, yet in experiencing her loss she was reborn fresh to the world, a fledgling whose plumage grew stunning in its prism colors, and her goodness glowed and lifted up all who knew her until they too became airborne and smiled to see her face.
And one was a poet at heart, whose clear vision witnessed both splendor and despondency in the simple things of life, and formed a love affair with the earth which sustained and disappointed her as love affairs are wont to do, yet she shared the fruits of that earth with all who knew her and they were fed and their need for beauty was satiated at her generous hands.
And another bore scars from a life long on pain and abuse and loss, yet her spirit was so powerful that she carried within her the soothing influence of water, of a great river that quenches the thirst of those who are in need, and her writing was as fluid as the stuff of the diamond-bright tears that matter, the tears that heal.
And still another battled for justice, a tiger-mother who fought with all the fire inside her to protect her young and wrote to expose prejudice and to lay bare discrimination that we also should see the truth and become en-fired and inspired.
And there was a fifth element brought by yet another writer, the essence of the soul, her selfless ability to coax from others memories which had lain fallow and hidden, to expose truth to the light until it should become a sparkling thing.
And the last was a wise woman, a mother of mothers of mothers, who wrote of life unrolling like prairie grassland under an eternity of stars, and she was the sage element of constancy to which they all returned.
The elements are here. They pulsate around us. They are within us all.
Causes Mara Buck Supports
Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Amnesty International