An Ekphrastic poem

and the image that inspired it.

Shelter
Take shelter in the arms
of our Lady of the Woods
she will lift all sorrow to the heavens
where the healing of the universe
will ease away the pain
mother earth will care for the spirit
while the body will rest well
lying dormant through the winter
and when springtime comes
it comes with hope
change fresh growth
a new awareness of birth
life pain death and rebirth
and a fragmented heart will heal

take shelter in the arms
of our lady of the woods

Kay Neilsen East of the sun west of the moon

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