Once again I find it difficult to post about pretty flowers in my garden when hatred and instability, coupled with easy access to guns, wrecks havoc on innocent human beings. I suppose there has always been tension between the ugly and the beautiful in this world, but it feels like the ugly is more prevalent and increasingly malevolent at this moment in time.
I know that’s not really true. I know that people have great capacity for kindness and compassion. I know that the open-minded and open-hearted are those who champion and advance the human condition.
I also know that the natural world is a balm for anger and discordance, if it’s experienced, appreciated, and protected.
For innocent and displaced Syrians:
For the unwary–gunned down in schools, nightclubs, cafes, and places of worship:
For innocent and kidnapped Yazidis:
For the guiltless citizens of many African nations, caught between factions; forgotten:
For the innocent in Turkey, Afghanistan, Lebanon–and all other troubled parts of the Middle East:
For unguarded Europeans and Americans, also unsure of their future:
This CNN link profiles attacks that have rocked many communities. Sadly, there have been further assaults perpetrated by murderers since this article was published in April.
Wishing victims of terrorism and violence–wherever and however manifested–much strength and eventual peace.
I thank Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting this monthly bloom bonanza known as Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Join in, share your garden pretties, then click over to her lovely blog to see and learn about blooms from many places.