Twelve hundred years ago (give or take a few) the Chinese poet Li Po wrote a poem with images of a canyon, a path, a creek and an impossible valley, newborn clouds rising over open rock, and guests coming into wildflowers. "I'm still lingering on," Li Po wrote, "my climb unfinished." This poem found its way to John and me on Saturday, our wedding day, written inside a Georgia O'Keeffe card.
Just days before the wedding, I had spent a week at Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. The week-long gathering, the 2013 women's writing retreat hosted by A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), was filled with powerful stories, shared by a few dozen of the nearly 100 inspiring women who attended. Janet Fitch, author of Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, (featured here holding a watercolor of one of the well-known red bluffs), advised us during her keynote to: "Live like a poet. Walk around like a poet. Slow down, wander around. Be a little bit more amazed at what you see around you.
"You don't have to be the beauty," Janet went on to tell us. "Go out and seek the miraculous and you will catch the beauty." Read entire post at All Things Literary. All Things Natural.
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