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Poetry Reading: “Consider”

Writer, Author, Artist, and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan (LorettaBoyerMcClellan.com), shares in this video from her sixth book and second volume of poetry, Meet Me On the Other Side of Wonder: Selected Poems, of “Consider,” at the “Poetry & Pie Night,” a virtual event and gathering of poets celebrating National Poetry Month, hosted by the Eastport Arts Center, April 30, 2021, with Mark Macey as Master of Ceremonies. She also includes in her remarks the inspiration behind her poem of hope and humanity.

“Consider” and Meet Me On the Other Side of Wonder ©2020-2021 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.

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Consider

“Consider”
(Poem & Watercolor Painting ©2020, Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved)

Consider the pain of this world and how it hasn’t reached all;
And yet it has, because we are of this world.

Consider the suffering of the homebound, the plagued, and the mourning;
Uplift is our motto, even outside the window.

Consider the hug that lingers in our hearts, the inherent need to tether, to connect;
Creativity heals the burdened soul.

Consider what words to say,
to fix, repair, or bridge;
Shout I love you across the gap, and close it for good.

Consider instead of lack, we innovate and make ready;
Our historic mainstay is to revolutionize.

Consider the praise of this place and how it moves us;
It matters most, because the grace is ours.

Consider the beauty of our realm and how it enriches;
It blesses and fortifies, just as its roots dig deep.

Consider the peace that’s made manifest;
When chaos draws near, we’ve begun anew, with no regrets.

Consider our dreams as reality;
Only one step resides between us and the never-before seen.
A virtual move in the right direction is progress.

Consider ourselves as resolute, ready and willing…able;
Hold fast;
We see clearly our purpose, renewed.

Consider our will, a mighty pipeline of propensity;
May it enact treaties and solutions, order and valor.

Consider to behold the good in all of us, for we are never false, nor lost;
But are found because of you.
Because of me.

Consider Us: the truth in us all, in that we believe in the power of humanity;
It is our source, our strength, and our everlasting light.

— Loretta Boyer McClellan

(This poem, that was started 20 March 2020 and completed April 2, 2020, was inspired by the watercolor painting, “Consider,” a painting started March 20, 2020 and completed April 1, 2020, of a purple pansy, during the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. It was spurred-on by a personal quest to celebrate my April birthday in a unique way, as we sheltered in place at home across the world. Pansies as a flower meaning or symbol, represent, “to consider,” or “think.” Pondering on purpose, the urgency of the moment to dispel fear and remember the gift of hopeful joy, represented by the vibrant flower in my backyard, this poem emerged. Gratitude for expression and the meaningful brought to life, preserved.

— Loretta Boyer McClellan, 2 April 2020)

A Humble Petition

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A HUMBLE PETITION
by Loretta Boyer McClellan
In Honor of Earth Day: April 22, 2015

Bands of life from the soil to sky

Imparts of her wisdom so you and I

May renew her vows of a nourishing truth

Warm her face and untangle her roots

See the dawn through the trees

And the force of her seas

And pause—reflect, in full majesty

Awake! Awake! At long last we breathe!

Communing with nature is not mystery

‘Tis souls entwined through the leaf and with vine

A petaled transference of Spirit Divine!

May stewards we are, bring life to her stores

Tap into the richness, rejoice evermore

Sweet spring, and summer, her fall—winters too

From brown, green and gold to the lilac and blue

A kingdom of grace so effulgent, yet spare

Bows down to the tiniest creature, so rare

No prideful remarks only tender refrain

Her music aloft sings of hope to remain

Swells eager in trust for the care of her youth

A lasting and humble petition: Renew


headshot_3x3_web_copyright2013_loretta_boyer_mcclellanAuthor, Artist, Poet and Journalist, Loretta Boyer McClellan is the author and book cover designer of the Misthaven of Maine series, as well as Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing.

Poem, “A Humble Petition” ©2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author headshot photo by Frank Leonard; used with permission.
Photo credit: “Terra Ecologica” by IdeaGo of Freedigitalphotos.net; used with permission.

The Greatest Gift

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Love: the miles do not bend, nor thwart the true arrow from heart to heart, soul to soul.
Grief reminds of the real.
Pure love weaves and holds together: the family, eternal—the greatest gift.

—Loretta Boyer McClellan, 20 April 2015

 


headshot_3x3_web_copyright2013_loretta_boyer_mcclellanAuthor, Artist, Poet and Journalist, Loretta Boyer McClellan is the author and book cover designer of the Misthaven of Maine series, as well as Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing.

Poem, “The Greatest Gift” ©2015 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author headshot photo by Frank Leonard; used with permission.
 Photo credit: Trungphoto; used with permission.