On the Brink

In these final fading days,
we are still entangled
in the tattered threads
of the old year,
teetering on the brink while clinging
to our hopes and fears.
We take them with us
as we lurch into the future,
where we build our nests anew,
weaving old threads with new,
ready to sing our spring songs
and give hope to the young.

Kim M. Russell, 29th December 2019

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Wordy Friday with Wild Woman: Staying Strong in a World of Climate Crisis, also linked to earthweal open link weekend #50

For her last prompt at Toads, Sherry has shared positive words from ecologist and activist Joanna Macy, who has devoted her life to working for climate justice, and to awakening us to what is happening to the world around us.

Sherry would like us to contemplate these topics and write about staying strong in a distressing world and how to dig deep for hope in the face of collapsing ecosystems and accelerating extinctions.

22 thoughts on “On the Brink

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry. I’m waiting for results from a chest X-Ray at the moment and trying to cope with the side effects of steroids. My husband took me to see Little Women today, to take my mind off it. It was a wonderful film and didn’t the trick for a while.


  1. “Entangled” is the perfect word for the nest we’re in and build anew — the old is what we have to build with, threaded with what’s to come. The human is entangled too in a vast ecosystem we barely understand; nothing we think or do is independent of it. Thanks for bringing this gem from the Pond to the Clearing!

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