Upon Cave Walls and Birch Bark, by Paula Dawn Lietz

In order to write for peace, we must first be able to recognize it. Look for peace in the nooks and crannies of your day – in a child’s innocent chatter, a stranger’s smile, the red leaves rustling beneath a maple. We’re celebrating the peace of an autumn day with Artist-in-Residence, Paula Dawn Lietz.

Upon Cave Walls and Birch Bark, Image and words by Pd Lietz

Upon Cave Walls and Birch Bark

sultry days of summer dim
cool her last tarnished hurrah
as daring strokes of autumn
begin to thread shades of splendour

a regal composition of colours
textures, and astounding knowledge
unequaled is this labor of darwinism
a sense of security, in autumns safe keeping
we trust as we travel through
the dark bite of winter

recognition of this survival mode
an honour many take for granted
endless pathways behind us
setting the pace for those yet birthed
we acclimatize to the environment
the adapting so remarkable its history
marked upon cave walls and birch bark

Poem and Photograph by Pd Lietz ©

About Pd Lietz, Artist-in-Residence

Pd Lietz, Writing for Peace Artist-in-ResidencePd Lietz is a widely published writer, photographer and artist who lives in rural Manitoba Canada. Ms. Lietz was awarded first prize in the United Kingdom Frost Photography International Competition 2011. Her writing, art, and photography have appeared in many publications, and she was responsible for the cover art of many of these. You can view works by Pd Lietz at http://www.pdlietzphotography.com/.

Learn more about Pd Lietz here.

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