Through a series of sacred synchronicities, I was invited to share my spiritual poetry in July 2012 in New York City’s Bryant Park. Before returning to my home in rural Colorado, I visited the Battery Park Labyrinth at the southern tip of Manhattan with a friend and left two pieces of poetry at the base of a tree. Perhaps someone will find them and feel they had been touched by a bit of grace, I mused.
A little over a week later, I received a note from a woman who had found my poetry. She was visiting the labyrinth on the three-month anniversary of her mother’s passing and was profoundly affected by the sentiment expressed in “this fragile web.” Her mother had been the unofficial guardian of the labyrinth and the woman had made a deathbed promise to lovingly tend the site just as her mother (who adored poetry) had done.
Staring at the words on my screen, I knew immediately and deeply that I wanted to send my poetry all over the world, to be placed in inspired locations where the right people would find the words and energy they yearned for, at exactly the right moment they were ready to receive them.
I knew that if I set this intention in motion, gave up my control and let go of my attachment to outcome, the initiative would unfold in accordance with the astonishing efficiency of Creation. Thus, the Words Divinely Wrought Global Poetry-Share was born.
I asked for 33 people to step up — to move forward with me and others on the first leg of this grand adventure. Each would receive two poems from a grouping of twelve — one to keep as a gift and one to place, release, tuck, or plant at a location that called to them. They were asked to let go of their notions of what would be the perfect site and to follow their instincts. I reminded them that a seemingly mundane corner of the world could be made sacred by this simple act, this unconditional gesture made with a promise of Love and goodwill.
People of good heart and wisdom began to show up. They spoke to me from Australia, Russia, Peru, The Netherlands, Canada, and England; and here in the US, from Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Virginia. They expressed their longing to connect, to surrender, to be part of something grander than themselves. One heart, one spirit at a time, a community began to coalesce.
Poems traveled to far-flung locations. Some were returned and mailed out again. Recipients opened their white envelopes and made friends with their poetic visitors. Poems sat on tables and altars and among personal belongings until the time felt right for them to move into the world. Some participants had a tough time letting go of one or more of the poems; others experienced delays and interference from within and without.
Poem by poem, words of faith, empowerment, forgiveness, inclusion, prayer, and unity were planted by a growing band of stealthy poetry warriors and faeries. Poems were left at ancient sacred sites, tucked into trees, adorned with flowers and set before the pulpit in a small chapel.
Poems were translated into Italian and Spanish, barely hidden among greenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean in South America, perched above pathways on a college campus or earthed beneath a willow in an urban park brimming with families, lovers, and friends. Words of comfort found themselves gracing an urban overpass, snugged up to a beautiful card in a small retail shop, placed in a tumbledown area of Los Angeles, and ritually offered up to a Holy Well in Ballyvourney, near County Cork.
This story has barely begun. The invitation stands for those who feel called to become part of our growing circle. Simply check in with your heart and you will find the answer. You may wish to receive poetry and take an uncommon offering to its destined landing spot. Or, you may wish to stand back and watch as the reports come in from the field, or support the project with a financial contribution.
The entire record of the Words Divinely Wrought Global Poetry-Share rests in the left-hand sidebar. Scroll down within “Browse My Archives by Category” to “Words Divinely Wrought.”
Or, simply Contact me to say that your heart has been touched and you would like to know more. Truly, it is that simple — and that divine.