May be something new….


I’ve been pouring gallons of tea on the ground,
a happy concoction I make for the gardens I tend
and with every splash of the fertile,  watery goodness
I feel strength find it’s way to roots
and it does this May thing in my heart
’cause it’s so much fun to pour on life
so,  mind if I splash, splash, splash
some fertilizer over you,  too?

Okay,  hold still…

May these be days of open doors and soft dappled light,
of warm southern breezes and lids lifted off,
a waterfall of birdsong pouring down
washing weary things clean.

May this season find you
and fireflies,  too,
with new dances and next steps in even old places,
new touches and brushes and whispers and spaces
and fresh grace to live close to your belly.


May you lose the “it’s not worth it”
and feel it fluttering inside that you matter,
that you’re loved with a love
that isn’t lost or weak or sleepy,
a love that is leaning in and moving toward you,
meeting you more than halfway
with freedom to spare,
freedom to share
and fresh hope thumping joy inside your chest
with new rhythms.

I feel it for you,
your life growing into fresh new shades
of beautiful.
Drink it in….you are worth every drop.

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“Well I’ve got a hammer
and I’ve got a bell
and I’ve got a song to sing all over this land.
It’s the hammer of justice,
it’s the bell of freedom
it’s the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
all over this land.”

-folk song by Lee Hayes and Pete Seeger


  1. kathryn on May 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    i absolutely love this:
    I feel it for you,
    your life growing into fresh new shades
    of beautiful.
    Drink it in….you are worth every drop.

    thank you, i will!!

  2. Barbara on May 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    You always know just what I need! Thank you!

  3. Julia Bourque on May 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Aww Jennifer, you are so generous with your fertilizing our lives with your beautiful poems. Yes, pour the life boosting tea on my roots and let me enjoy the rich colors that emerges and the feel of summer breezes that passes through my hair caresses my skin and makes me smile at all the ever changing beauty that surrounds me ever day.The fragrances fills my nostrils till I’m drunk with delight. Beautiful May…

  4. Julia Bourque on May 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    should be ” every day”

  5. Elephant's Child on May 22, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Your poems and your images warm and nourish my heart. Thank you so very much.

  6. rachel awes on May 22, 2013 at 4:52 am

    oh jennifer,
    this is one of my favorite writings from you!
    + i am reading it first thing on my birthday…
    do you hear the GIFT of you?!!
    thank you for this tea!
    the birds. the love that’s not sleepy. that’s new. that’s free.

    you have fertilized the ground of my day.
    thank you.

  7. Sue on May 22, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Another one rings the bell. I always look forward to receiving your posts and those photos are so lovely too. Thanks for sharing your gifts.

  8. sharon leaf on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I’m so glad I read this before I splashed my body with my boring perfume. Ahh, now I shall take the fresh aroma of fertilzer with me when I go visit Rob’s mother in the hospital. I’m sure it will awaken her senses in a very positive way. Thank you Jennifer, for the splash of life, love, and humor!

  9. jeanie on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Jennifer, as I read this I am struck with how closely it hits home. As I anticipate (bad word) my chemo treatment (which is being put off for more testing) I sometimes get those woeful feelings of inadequacy, of hating myself for what my body is doing to me, that I am anything but “new shades of beautiful.” These words remind me that maybe, just maybe, my self-talk isn’t completely true.

    On another note, I’m glad to hear you talk about tea and the garden. I’ve been wondering if that would be good for my plants and now I know! Between your advice and that of another blogger, I’m saving tea and the tea from old bags for my sweet plants.

  10. Kathy Anne on May 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I feel it for you,
    your life growing into fresh new shades
    of beautiful.
    Drink it in….you are worth every drop.
    J- you are such a magical lightworker. Your words are a fresh spring rain soothing out weary souls. So love your words friend.

  11. Lindsay on May 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Omg Jenn, this made me laugh!! Splash splash, how fun!! I’ll grow some strawberries for a summer milkshake and the next splash we will drink. Together, in the garden with lots of sun shining on our skin. 🙂
    Always happy to read your posts,


  12. leslie on May 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    that last flower is just full of sunshine (black-eyed susan?)

    and so are you.

  13. Naomi on May 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Such healing words, my dear. I needed that breath of fresh reassurance. Thank you.

  14. Kathy on May 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I am singing the song in my head and daydreaming of gardens filled with colorful spring and summer flowers, blue skies, fresh breezes, meadows. Aaaah thank you, Jennifer! You make me feel light again. Big hugs, kath

  15. S. Etole on May 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Drinking in the beauty of your images and words … in long, satisfying drinks.

  16. Michele Bergh on May 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I so love your fertilizer and graciously drink it in. Thank you for creating a space of beauty and wisdom in my life.

  17. Bren on May 23, 2013 at 6:34 am

    This is so beautiful from the photography to the words and feeling behind them, they nourish my spirit!

  18. Donna on May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the lovely sentiments to strengthen my roots!!

  19. Donna on May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the lovely sentiments to strengthen my roots!!

  20. Dulcy Stewart on May 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oh sweet Jennifer. Exactly what I needed to revive my energy today……Perfect!


  21. Connie Smiley on May 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Wonderful, my friend! Your words always move me.

  22. kamana on May 24, 2013 at 3:45 am

    i have been planting marigolds today. your garden is looking beautiful.

  23. Lynn on May 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my! The sun, the flowers, the popping colors in your pictures! You must have a magical garden. Wow!
    Oh joy of joys. You have no clue how good your words felt washing over me.
    And thanks for the sprinkle of fertilizer. I feel good growth coming!

  24. Marcie on May 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    That last image – of the gorgeous orange daisy – just speaks to ‘joy’ and ‘happy’ to me. Beautiful…uplifting and inspiring color!

  25. Just Be Real on May 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Jen, as always your words are timely. Hugs my dear.

  26. Susan on May 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Oh wow! Such beauty and kindness … also love your new header!

  27. Josette on June 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    It is so very lovely here. I came over from Jeanie’s, and so glad I did. Love how you write and love all the beautiful eye candy.



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