The poem below was written by Kim Humphreys who was just awarded the 1st place prize in the Author’s of Soul Poetry Contest. Kim recently attended a ravine sketching tour where she met LUNA artist Alan Li and kindly gave him permission to share her poem here. We hope you reflect on Kim’s words and enjoy her artistry.
On Monday June 24th at 6:30 pm, there will be an awards presentation for Kim and the other winning poets in the Weston Family Library at Toronto Botanical Garden. There will be poetry readings and the public is invited to attend.
Nature as my Healer
I run to you to fill my cup when it’s feeling empty.
Laying across blanket, arms and legs stretched out.
I feel your uneven edges against my back as I look up, like the wrinkles on my face, squinting yet wanting to see more.
Hat covering my face but trickling streams of light and heat passing through.
Filling me up.
I hear the sounds of each stone crackling beneath the soles of my worn shoes.
We’ve crossed miles upon miles, the crevices filled repeatedly with remnants of leaves, branches and seeds.
All proof of Mother Nature’s toil and resistance.
My thoughts move to my right, a woodpecker drumming against your bark. Echoing in my ears.
Then left. To the sounds of a stream. Arms stretched out, carefully balancing from one soiled stone to another, careful not to fall, but careful to completely lean in to you.
I reach down.
Feeling the jagged edges, contrasted against the smooth surface of the pebble in my hand.
Watch with eyes squinting as it skips across the shimmering, tricking water—oh the stories the water must hold beneath her surface.
I feel your breeze brush lightly against my delicate skin and the wrinkles time is putting on me and each tree.
Breathing in as deeply as I can, then letting go.
Your streams, your sunshine, your clouds.
Coursing through me.
Deep into my lungs, through my blood all leading to my soul.
With eyes refreshed, I can step back inside. Replenished, intoxicated and restored.
Copyright Kim Humphreys 2019 - All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce courtesy of Kim Humphreys.