The Transformative Power of Nature

Nature has long been a source of inspiration and contemplation for humans. From ancient myths and stories to modern-day poetry and art, nature has been imbued with symbolic meaning that reflects the complexities of the human experience. Throughout history, humans have looked to nature as a way to understand themselves and their place in the world. Symbolism in nature can be found in everything from the changing of the seasons to the behavior of animals, to the natural elements themselves. This symbolism can help us to better understand our emotions, aspirations, and struggles, and can provide us with a deeper appreciation of the world around us. In this way, nature and its symbolism offer a glimpse into the rich and complex fabric of the human experience.

The following poem and short story reflect this powerful symbolism that is a source of experiential appreciation to create a pathway to meaning and hope in our human experiences.

Storm Clouds Burst Open

liquid sun falls on brand new shoots

While the earth gives birth

As the storm clouds gathered above, the earth trembled with anticipation. The wind howled through the hills, and the leaves on the trees rustled with excitement.

 Suddenly, the sky opened up, and a deluge of rain poured down from above.  The drops fell with such force that they bounced off the earth, sending sprays of water skyward.

As the rain continued to fall, the earth began to stir.  From the dark damp soil the newly formed fungi crowned and the brand-new shoots of green with their delicate leaves reached up toward the light.  As the liquid sun fell upon them, they came alive bursting with colour and energy. 

For hours, the storm raged on, as the earth gave birth to new life.  The rivers overflowed their banks, and the fields were flooded with water. But through it all, the earth continued to give, to create, and to renew.

When the storm finally passed, the world was reborn.  The earth was lush and green, alive with the promise of new beginnings. and as the sun began to set, paining the sky with hues of pink and orange, the world was renewed, ready to face whatever the future may bring.

copywrite Pateena Donnelly

I would love to hear your thoughts and how perhaps the above story might reflect your experiences or how it made you feel?

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