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The Sacred, a poem selected from Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred, was recently nominated for The 2011 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. ~"Ruminations at Twilight is a powerful cry of yearning for the sacred. These lines of poetry are Browning's fearless entry into the global conversation; a heartfelt plea on behalf of the sacred Earth whose words run like rivers into the Great Watershed of the Earth's dreaming. May her poetry inspire your own plunge into the currents." - Jason Kirkey, author of The Salmon in the Spring (*Winner of the IPPY Book Award / Mind-Body-Spirit Category)
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The cure for our modern maladies is dirt under the fingernails and the feel of thick grass between the toes. The cure for our listlessness is to be out within the invigorating wind. The cure for our uselessness is to take back up our stewardship; for it is not that there has been no work to be done, we simply have not been attending to it. - [Excerpt Ruminations at Twilight]From the Inside Flap:
In the first section we read the story of the child's awakening to their betrayal of self and the betrayal of the cherished principles handed down to them by their beloved parents. These poems are an unfiltered record of one's fearless turning within, to confront the wrongs they have committed against their better selves and the sacredness of this world. In these pages there is a difficult "coming to terms" with the poor choices one can make; the poems grapple with the shame, guilt and remorse that one bears after committing such acts, and ultimately meditates on the internal resolution that rises, spurring one to set out on a search for forgiveness. ~In the second section, the story of the prodigal child goes forward still as, after awakening to their own betrayal of Self, the child realizes the greater betrayal of humanity, in terms of our betraying what it is to be human. After returning home to ask for forgiveness from their father and mother the child sets out to reconcile and reconnect with the Divine Father and the Mother Earth, both of whom were left scarred and betrayed by humanity's detrimental modern ambitions. The poems within this section explore timely themes including: disillusionment with the virtue of the modern age; remorse for the transgressions committed against the Earth; the choice to disconnect with the interface of formal religion in search of firsthand knowledge of the divine and finally, the desire to find a place of belonging that might give us what we need to fill the emptiness inherent to these present days. ~Asserting that the sacred lives in what is ordinary and the Divine is found amongst the green of nature, the poems within Ruminations at Twilight bring a message of appreciation for the worth of what surrounds us. The story told takes place on an intimate scale yet at the same time a world-wide scale; for within this story of one individual's realization and redemption we are told that of all humanity's.
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