#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream
I retreat and still resist.
Having signed up for this yoga, writing and creativity retreat last October, I felt certain of a different outcome from the election, never imagining a need for marching on this day.
Instead, here I am, in Ojai, practicing yoga, creative writing, meeting new people, embraced by mountains and sea.
One of my daughters is with me, the other marches in Boston. In this creatively lush setting,photos of beautiful, natural sights come easily this morning. As I assemble them here, instinctively, I want to feature the evocative Calla Lily. Quickly, the thought follows: Georgia O'Keefe. And so, I find the quote above - which seems to fit the spirit of the day, and my spontaneous writing from earlier today:
The women, the men who love them, march to resist
They gather to strengthen the constitution, it's principles
They stand for generosity, dignity, respect, compassion
They seek understanding, knowledge, trust
They shout for free speech, free exchange of ideas
They walk for defense from unlawful, unethical exploitation
They march against defilement, against grabbing
against stealing from and harming women's bodies
They march against fear of strange and unknown cultures
They march against the lullaby of familiarity and glamour
They move against reckless disregard, against bullies
They stand up to trampling bodies and tricking minds
They march for reproductive rights, for the freedom to choose
to end a pregnancy or not begin one
They march for strength against the passionate acts of religious zealots
They are marching "to feel America, like America, love America and then work."
All text and photos copyright Kelly DuMar, 2017, unless otherwise attributed.