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Below is the poem entitled FIELD TRIP which was written by poet Nola Perez. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Driving in Atlanta past pear trees, struck
with spring lightning, I rolled down my window 
as if breathing deeply might anchor their passing, 
perfect beauty. Paula, with whom we share
in her meditation class, (she, of the nature religion 
embraced in adulthood, leaving behind the ship-
wrecked Jewish faith that did not shore her) 
declared "You are a natural, Nola."  

As a lake reflects the heaven around it, and
finds the forest beneath, we gathered in Paula's 
backyard to celebrate the blessing of bloom, 
and to form a Wheel, bringing to her bonfire our gifts: 
sea water from my island ocean, and handfuls 
of dried herbs that popped and crackled in the fire, 
sparkling and perfuming the air around us.   

Shaman to acolyte, Paula chose me to enclose 
our Wheel.  With a stick, I drew a line in the earth
around us, and as we sat in a circle around the fire,
"The earth is your Mother, and you are her Child," 
Paula chanted, signing our foreheads with salt
water, as if with the chrism oil of my Catholicism.
There, in commonality on sacred ground, 

we invoked the seasons, the four winds, cycles 
of the moon, benign spirits of all that is holy 
and healing around us, and clasping hands, 
we formed a chain of our bodies, circling faster
and faster until dizzied and ecstatic, we all 
fell down, as we shall, and as we must, 
while the fire turned to dust.  

Copyright © Nola Perez

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  1. Date: 11/26/2011 9:13:00 PM
    Gosh, Nola, this is really different. So you did this for real? I think it would be quite an experience!! Your writing style is so great for describing something like this.

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 2:52:00 PM
    * "I Love It * Sweet Beautiful & Enchanting Nola * Tis As Gypsy Beauties Twirling About The Midnight Flames * 'Ahhhh' * My Luv, Always * Sarah." *

    Perez Avatar Nola Perez
    Date: 11/25/2011 6:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sarah, Sarah, how can I thank you. I do not know how. Nola