February Promises


Feb 1 rose bud ~d nelson

Yes, another coldest night
followed by another coldest day
felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
in earth’s life forms, big & small.

Feb 1 blossom

Slowly breathing in this coldness
compassionately breathing out warmth.
Thawing mine & the world’s blossoms;
Once revealed, grateful at being witnessed.

Feb 1 blossom 4

This morning’s warmed moment’s potential
of next warmed moment’s possible
makes me smile as I discover
another hidden rose bud, inside.

“So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us.
And we have to accept that the worst can happen;
that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable
after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Feb 1 blossom 2

91 Replies to “February Promises”

  1. Ahh … David, such a beautiful post with so much love and wisdom to
    all living. Your own verses and the quote by Thich Naht Hahn give us
    a lot to think about as well as giving a feeling of peace.
    ” followed by another coldest day
    felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
    in earth’s life forms, big & small. ”

    I quote you here as this one is so beautiful.


  2. Oh David so Pete t in this moment of being in our Alberta deep freeze ❄️❄️❄️ thanks for reminding us change does happen πŸ’«β˜ΊοΈ have a beautiful day πŸ’«

  3. Tender blossom & poetry to warm the heart and spirit on this cold February day … a touching and quietly reflective start to my day, David. One can’t help but admire the tenacity and resilience of these flowers, braving the cold … a welcoming sight in the midst of winter!

    Thank you also for the link to The Rose Above the Sky, a new to me but I’m enthralled by the words and gentle melody.

    1. i’m grateful for your reflection, dear Annika!
      how wonderful starting the day blossoming
      in the garden of humanity.
      that Bruce Cockburn album, “Humans”
      inspired my 1980 college days πŸ™‚

      1. A beautiful phrase, David – ‘garden of humanity’! May it flourish!

        I’ve never heard of Bruce Cockburn but will look up this album on my streaming service – I’m enjoying listening to your musical elements of your posts!

    1. i’m nearly seeing
      that bright little blossom
      of yours taking shelter
      from the storm, dear Tom!
      may it be fully revealed
      at the first warmth of sunlight πŸ™‚

    1. your sharing makes me
      feel a little warmer this cold morning, ashiftinconsciousness!
      may your flower feel comforted & safe
      to blossom a bit more in each moment πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful tribute to the impermanence of all, both winter and summer, both life and death. And three cheers for the end of the misery, at least for now.

    1. smiling to your watering
      of my rosebush, dear Sunny!
      i suspect there’s plenty
      of misery awaiting around the bend
      but for now i’m cheering & smiling
      with you πŸ™‚

  5. Beautiful words and reflections on accepting ‘what is’ in life and in nature David. May we all continue to open like flowers each day and grow our roots deeply in this moment. πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒΏ

    1. i’m happy you are finding refuge
      in calm conscious breathing & smiling, Leo!
      but there’s no substitute for a really
      warm jacket & gloves & hot beverage.
      wishing you all of the above πŸ™‚

  6. Warmed by your words
    despite the cold.
    And all is well.
    We are so fragile,
    and not very wise
    and perhaps we all will perish.
    And all is well.
    Thich Nhat Hanh is wise
    and perhaps sees the truth.
    Still, all is well.
    Your first three photographs
    bring joy to my heart.
    Thank you.

    1. so long, seems i wished
      the world, the climate, societies…
      would be a-ok, eventually, but that
      illusion made me suffer, dear Alison.
      now i suffer less, abiding in my truth,
      accepting things as they are,
      as expressed by the wise & learned.
      Now intentionally embracing beauty experienced,
      & sharing my feelings with the world.
      i’m grateful for your kind, clear
      understanding & poetry
      offered here πŸ™‚

  7. Ah David ….absolutely gorgeous buds and flowers (thorns included) and the quote by Thay as always, reminds to surrender and also that dis-illusionment is not necessarily bad. I loved viewing the post with The Rose Above the Sky…. B.Cockburn is special artist. Thanks & may you stay warm amidst the coldness. Peace my friend.

    1. makes me happy, my dear Canadian friend
      that you experienced the humble post to full effect!
      Cockburn’s sounds that inspired my college days, activism
      and eventually a spiritual refuge from the storm.
      winter here is wet, but not harsh, thankfully.
      thus, the roses are being moved to bud.
      wishing you, Fran & loved ones
      warmth & comfort πŸ™‚

  8. A most beautiful post, David. May we always find another rosebud hidden inside as humanity goes forward and struggles to evolve. May we begin to heal the earth before it’s too late.
    Thank you for this!

  9. Beautiful to see Spring seems to be trying her best to bloom amid the cold.. Nature always find a way to shine..
    And seeing these beautiful blooms makes my own heart glow.. Role on Spring here in the UK.. πŸ™‚

    1. isn’t nature’s example of resilience
      a miracle, an inspiration
      for humanity, dear Sue?
      well, i asked knowing
      you know the answer!
      happy to send some California
      winter blooms your way, dear one.
      wishing you a happy, warm smile πŸ™‚

  10. I always find refuge in your posts, David, and this one was one of my very favorites of all time, for the grace and hope and utter truth you expressed. The flower buds, so tender, the blooming flowers, so hopeful, and then the quote, which had me in tears for its acceptance. This quote is going into my calendar and will help me in days ahead. Thank you, David.

    1. bowing in gratitude for your reflection, Jet!
      it’s natural for us to feel sadness for what Marvin Gaye sang, “oh mercy, mercy me, the ecology.” And yet, in each moment we do our best so that’s our continuation. Your posts expressing animals & the natural world’s beauty is an inspiration to many, especially me. Wishing you warm, dry happiness πŸ™‚

  11. Flowers never looked so beautiful as when we think we might never see them again. Let’s meditate on fields of flowers blooming in the morning sun… jc

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