Thank you to Bridget At Wee Words For Wee Ones for hosting this week.
My Thoughts Are Clouds [Amazon | Book Depository]
Poems by Georgia Heard Illustrated by Isabel Roxas Published by Roaring Brook Press (2021) ISBN: 9781250244680 (ISBN10: 1250244684) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.
For the past two years, I have found it difficult to truly connect with poetry. It must be the hectic nature of my existence that does not give me permission to pause and remain still – something that poetry requires in order for it to be fully experienced. Then this book happened to me as I was preparing for a professional development workshop for teachers and school leaders where I curated picturebooks on mindfulness.
Beautifully illustrated by Filipino American Isabel Roxas, each breathing line by Georgia Heard has been illuminated in a sparse yet impactful manner.
Each poem is a reminder of things that go unnoticed and often taken for granted: like the air we breathe in and out similar to all the organisms around us; each inhale and exhale a gift, telling us that we are alive, alive, alive. Over the past two years, the fact that we are still here and are able to utter those words: that is a gift.
Hence, for my Poetry Friday offering to you, dear friends, I hope this “Three-Way Loving Kindness Meditation” finds you at the perfect time.
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