Yesterday I Began a Journey (100 WCGU)

This weeks 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups asks us to include …. the line was drawn ….. I have combined that with a little personal journey that I am on, as well as a foray into poetry (as I sometimes do). For those of you only interested in the quick read I offer the poem/challenge first, but am following it up with an explanation for anyone who wants to know more.

Yesterday I Began a Journey

Yesterday I began a journey
where the line was drawn between
who I am and who I want to be.

 My butterfly soul
danced a dance of new beginnings
around the strength found in the turtle and the moon

Lessons from people connected to the earth
tightened the bond between
mother and daughter
butterfly and turtle
creativity and hope.

Yesterday I began a journey
which will involve the beating 
of my heart drum
and the sound of thunder
dancing over the waves.

Yesterday I began a journey
with laughter, adventure, love and joy.
Today, the journey continues in words.

Yesterday I began a journey.


 The Explanation

Yesterday Sarah and I went on a spontaneous Girls’ Day adventure with my new friend (and I believe spiritual mentor)  Terry to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Sioux Falls During a Hot Dry Summer

Part of the adventure involved Sarah’s experiencing her first pedicure after watching me get one. It was a silly, fun, mother/daughter bonding experience.

Sarah tried to resist the giggles as her feet got tickled and massaged.

But it was almost impossible to stop laughing.

Especially when your toes are being painted purple while you wear silly shoes.

Lovely mother and daughter feet.

After our feet were fabulous, we went to downtown Sioux Falls to eat lunch. We ended up at Chedd’s, a place for gourmet grilled cheese. Then (once we were able to put real shoes back on) we wandered through some of the fabulous stores on Phillips Street. The first place we wandered into was The Prairie Star Gallery, which has the most beautiful, spiritual and amazing collections of indigenous art I’ve ever seen. The owner shared stories with us of her journey as well as the meaning behind some artifacts. I played and heard the song of a drum so deep and beautiful it still resonates in chest.  She told us about the legends of turtles, who represent (in some traditions) women and birth and the moon . Every turtle shell has 13 sections, which represent the 13 moons of the year. Along the edge of their shell are 28 segments, the time between each moon. Women would use turtle shells to keep track of their menstrual cycles.

I ended up buying a gorgeous children’s book because of the draw of this legend.

I’ve linked the image to the Amazon book description.

As I was thinking about turtles, and the journey, and indigenous legends and everything else, I kept pondering my recent butterfly revelations. I did a little web research and found this lovely legend:

An Indian Butterfly Legend

If anyone desires a wish to come true they must
capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.

Since they make no sound, they can’t tell the wish
to anyone but the Great Spirit.

So by making the wish and releasing the butterfly
it will be taken to the heavens and be granted.

Author Unknown

All of these images and ideas are merging together into possibilities for me. Right now my mind is dancing with possibilities like:

  • an art project which will join these powerful images
  • a theatre production that shares some legends, all surrounding the shell of a turtle
  • perhaps a puppet play
  •  . . .

So you see, yesterday I really began a journey into possibility, spirituality and hope.

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sally
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 15:25:32

    How lovely. The poem on its on is beautiful but conveys your own personal meaning with your description of why you wrote it.


  2. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 15:35:37

    I enjoyed reading all of this…from the poem to the fun day with your daughter and the info. About the turtle book ( am going to get a copy to read with my class next term) and the sweet butterfly legend.
    It sounds like your journey will be one full of exploration…I look forward to reading about some of the roads you travel. X


  3. Stuart Nager
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 17:31:16

    Sweet. I met Joseph Bruchac years ago at the National Storytelling event in Tenn. What an amazing teller!! I’ll look this book up.

    and a place for just grilled cheese? yum!!


  4. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 17:37:48

    I love the musicality of your poem, Lisa. Plus, the 20 mother-daughter toes are beautifully colorful. Looks like you had a terrific visit–and grilled cheese to top it all off. Yummy! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!


  5. Sparks In Shadow
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 18:35:24

    Such a lovely journey to be on. Bon voyage!


  6. Andra Watkins
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 11:09:29

    I love the poem and the happenings that wove it.


  7. lorrainefort
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 11:42:30

    even before I read your explanation, the essence of your day with your daughter came through, heavy plodding, grounded turtle and light, breezy, whimsy butterfly are kindred souls that ground and lift us…the ‘roots and wings’ poem comes to mind. Lovely, just lovely! I hope you and your daughter (and other children?) enjoy many such moments in your journeys together.


  8. Older Mum (@Older_Mum)
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 05:10:44

    This was absoluetly beautiful. Just lovely. This reminds me of your last piece, which I think was about new beginnings and exlporing new horizons.


  9. Victoria-writes
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 05:44:43

    My butterfly soul … lovely! You and Sarah are so cute, nothing like mother daughter bonding especially over toes 😉


  10. Gilly Gee
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:38:49

    This is such a lovely post, you day with your daughter sounds perfect. I’m going to order the book for my granddaughter!


  11. shadetheraven
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 15:31:11

    I really like how this flows with the ebb of life itself. Bright, happy and wonderful.
    Nicely done!


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  13. 4amWriter
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 22:50:20

    You had me at ‘gourmet grilled cheese.’


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