Thousands of us queuing, weeping for our once-beautiful world. Surrounded by dying trees, grey skies, a barren landscape, we hardly dare to hope.

She said change must come from within each of us.

We are supplicants, begging for forgiveness.

Can we really change?

We must.

The Healer stands waist-high in the flowing water, receiving us one by one. Each person takes the solemn vow, the lifetime pledge. She gently holds each one underwater until all traces of greed and selfishness are washed away.

With each baptism, a new green leaf unfurls on a skeleton tree.

“Springtime,” someone whispers, remembering.

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1 month ago

A tight and evocative piece ending with a strong couplet and intimations of uncertainty: the skeleton tree, the mere whisper, the hesitant remembrance. This little piece by no means answers its own question in the affirmative and thus skirts sentimental optimism.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

Hello, Julie. It is written with hope. Your ideas about dying trees, grey skies, a barren landscape, then forgiveness and change come using baptism until the springtime for a new green leaf unfurls. Those ideas are truly amazing. It says so much in just a few words. Well done.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

What a sweet optimistic story Julie. If only it was that simple to wash away our horrible characteristics and bring new life to earth.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

Change from within and baptism, entering into another dimension, are wonderful metaphors for a changed attitude to nature and environment. Good job, Julie!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

A beautifully written piece, Julie. Not about music, but there is definitely music in your words, which makes it a joy to read. Love it

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Congratulations, Julie.

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1 month ago
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You’re welcome, Julie.

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