Kids, I'm sure you are well acquainted with our friend Elizabeth Crawford, who writes most days at Soul's Music. Elizabeth's work is a rich, wonderful blend of life wisdom, philosophy, and looking within, then the bringing forth of her soul's music, so her site is very aptly named.
Elizabeth is also an artist, and you will find some beautiful mandalas featured on her mandala gallery pages. Here is a striking example:
This poem caught my attention recently at Verse First :
Music and the smell of beer,
cigarette smoke and laughter,
threading way to pool table in back
with a friend who didn’t always
defeat me, would let me win on occasion.
Driving into the state of Montana
for the first time. Incredible mixture of anticipation
built over years of dreaming, and deep fear
that I might miss something.
Sitting crossed legged on bed, window open
to cool evening breeze. Plucking strings of guitar
and singing Amazing Grace softly, only to have
all four of my children appear, each from a different direction,
to join me by the second chorus. We sounded really good.
A non-traditional college student,
a middle-aged road tripper,
and a newly divorced single parent, scared
but grateful for choices made, and knowledge
that we just might make it.
Elizabeth Crawford 8/7/13
I love the image of the children all coming to join in the song. You will find much to savor, ponder and tumble around in your mind, when you read Elizabeth's work, which runs rich and deep. Thank you, Elizabeth for being a valued member of our community.