Pathways

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.

PATHWAYS

By Lily Earl and Sadie Rosgen

 

In the dizzy room,

I see yellow.

 

feeling alone,

I close my eyes.

 

reading the energy:

BLUE

GREEN

PURPLE

YELLOW…again

 

loving all of the things:

CATS

WATER

DAISIES

SINGING

DOGS

ELTON JOHN

 

stopping the madness of their sadness

watching the film unfold

 

the arm hug

the needles

pinch

prick

click

my blood

 

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