Cloister of the Heart


February is the month of the heart.

In celebration of the heart,

I am sharing images and poetry that touch mine.

I hope that your precious heart is touched too.


My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird–

equal seekers of sweetness.

Here the quickening yeast;

there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old?

Is my coat torn?

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?

Let me keep my mind on what matters,

which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium.

The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.

Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart

and these body-clothes,

a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth

and the wren,

to the sleepy dug-up clam,

telling them all,

over and over,

how it is we live forever.

~The Messenger  Mary Oliver


Vox Anima, SDM


Art Credit:  Hettienne Grobler

Photography:  Eric Buterbaugh

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5 Responses to Cloister of the Heart

  1. Where do you get such lovely images to go with your poetry? I love being part of this. I think I will buy red paper and pink and white and invite friends in to make our own Valentines. Thank you for reminding me of the thing I love most about Feb. my birthday and Valentines. love Barbara

  2. susan says:

    Dear Barbara, I seem to have a knack as I research art. Or, I am led to these images, which is probably the truth. It begins with a prompt from The Muse–and then off I go!
    Perhaps, my Art is in the finding, synthesizing, and the love of sharing.

    I absolutely loved making my own valentines as a child. So sweet and dear.
    I wish we were nearer, I would love to join your party. SDM

  3. Benedicte says:

    Love it, Susan… heart keeps coming into conversations for me this week. Will pay more attention to my heart and its beat… xo Bene

  4. I wish you could too. Barbara

  5. I agree…I always love the images you share. They resonate and feed something within my soul.

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