Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Last weekend I got the chance to go to a drum circle in Fallbrook CA. It happened at the end of a VERY rainy week where we got six inches of rain in five days....really a whole year's worth of rain in a normal year. It was such a blessing to gather with a circle of people and play, chant, shake, rattle and roll.
I wanted to be a drummer since fifth grade, where I ended up playing french horn instead. I drummed a bit in women's spiritual rituals in the early 1980's...satisfying, but then life moved on (and a child stuck a stick through my drum that I was letting him play with.)
For the past 4 years I have had the previlege of playing in a drum and storytelling circle at Radys Children's Hospital as part of the Healing Arts Department. We play with the children and families of kids in the hospital. It is always a blessing, and sometimes AMAZING.
God bless the drum, the drumming and the drummers of the world.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
So it may be time to drag it back out and share some of them with the world. Here is one of my favorites:
18 three- and four-year olds
practiced with chopsticks today.
Poking, prodding, puzzling
over the mysterious sticks
used by a billion people
yet new to these little ones.
Can we build a bridge across the gulfs
that divide us
with picture books and chopsticks and
snacks with strange names, but taste good?
I cannot negotiate for peace among nations
or put a stop to war
but I can offer children
the chance to know
there are oh so many ways to live
and speak and love
Chopsticks for peace.