I had the pleasure of meeting Lily Earl one sunny afternoon at my cousin Kerri’s house many years ago. To look at her, she resembles most of her young contemporaries; curious, bright, and so very full of light. What you can’t see is her courageous spirit. This is something you feel. A spirit that at two years of age was threatened by an all too common disease: Cancer.
When I began teaching Shine! Performing Arts Workshops at the Arts Station with Rachel Behan, Lily was signed up for every single one. Lily has been with us every step of the way. It only made sense to include this dynamic triple threat in our spirit issue. Lily, you are a total revelation, in every sense of the word. Thank you for opening your heart and mind for our spirit issue.
By Lily Earl and Sadie Rosgen
In the dizzy room,
I see yellow.
I close my eyes.
reading the energy:
loving all of the things:
stopping the madness of their sadness
watching the film unfold
the arm hug
the spirit of the valley will heal me
that’s what the lady at the grocery store said
I hear the voice of my ancestors begging me to stay
I sing through their craving
I’ll be there…
strummed on a ukulele
a gentle lullaby for my future