As will quickly be discerned, this newsletter comprises that which encompasses us all, nature. Sometimes it is possible to forget, in these times, that one meaning of "nature" is: "the essential character of a thing; quality or qualities that make something what is; essence " [Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Ed.] We tend to think of nature as " a simple way of life close to or in the outdoors " [Webster's, id].
To review Webster's definition of nature, we see that it takes us from that which is born to the universe! But to review the following submissions, we will not only see through others' eyes, but we will feel how others are, naturally. Allow yourself to be swept away by the writings of poets who extend their soul, who have not shut out the world, but have opened up to it, and have embraced it. Allow yourself to experience the joy, and pain, of nature, naturally. For it is natural that one should cry with life, and death. Just as one should reach out to lift others and in turn be lifted in spirit, in song, in dance, in wholeness that nature provides.
Now, stroll with me through some Haiku, Senryu, Tanka poems and some prose that will open your eyes, and caress your senses with delights and laughter. Be provoked into the wonder of "where did the muse come from for this", whether you still be snow bound, or on the edge of spring, where the sun shines warm on your face, or you are experiencing still the warmth of a quilt. Read on. If one or more strikes your fancy, take a moment to let the author know how you were touched! Then, once you have finished reading, and to borrow a phrase from one of our resident poets, write on!