I choose to lay my heart down here, praying it will rise
to grow with hope, climbing to meet the sky, its blood
branches, vessels as red as Ratapiki vine blooms,
while Kauri, Totara, Tawhai Rauriki,
Twiggy Coprosma and Kahikatea stand guard as witnesses.
I speak of Kawakawa Pounamu, and take hold of that stone --
carved healing from the earth that holds my ancestors' home,
this same earth that will hold my own dark cradle,
full of little seeds, each reaching towards the light,
towards my spirit moving high among branches
slick with rainfall, rich with new leaves.
— A. Flowers
Witness — from the earth, this blooming
800 x 800
Mixed Media - Paint, dress patterns, graphite, charcoal, metallic foil
To live in harmony with our environment and to be mindful of that relationship, encourages our own wellbeing and nurtures our connections to past and future. We are in a relationship with the earth, sky, and all the flora and fauna, we are are a part of it; our ancestors lived here, our children will too. Those connections to the cycles of life within nature and to our own generation timeline can provide healing and hope