A Dream Of Trees: “The Seed is Here. It will only Grow.”


Trees 2010-07-02_5D_7407_Artem_Sapegin (1)Tree tops © Ajven with kind permission (Ajven is from Nove Zamky, Slovakia)


There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
A quiet house, some green and modest acres
A little way from every troubling town,
A little way from factories, schools, laments.
I would have time, I thought, and time to spare,
With only streams and birds for company,
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death,
A little way away from everywhere.

There is a thing in me still dreams of trees.
But let it go. Homesick for moderation,
Half the world's artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him tell it.
Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation
Where, as the times implore our true involvement,
The blades of every crisis point the way.

I would it were not so, but so it is.
Who ever made music of a mild day?

~Mary Oliver

(linked to haiku my heart ~recuerda mi corazon)

04.05.11 - 12:12 PM

Freedom Theater: "The Seed Is Here. It Will Only Grow."

by Abby Zimet


We mourn the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, 52, Israeli actor, director and rights activist killed by masked gunmen outside the theater he founded in the Jenin refugee camp as a bridge to peace. The son of a Jewish mother and Arab father, he was a symbol of resistance who believed in the "fire" of thought, art and the written word. More here, here and here.

Great Sower of Seeds

Bright, Young Trees Nourished by Love

Face Harsh Winds of Change.

~Noelle Renee 4.28.11

Note from Noelle:  This film features some of the theater’s actors and plays and a discussion of its history. Juliano Mer Khamis talks about his reasons for starting the theater in a very personal way. It is one of the best films that I have seen to date on the theater.

  • To Donate Directly to the Freedom Theater in US Dollars Please Use the following Fiscal Sponsor Link for:
  • The Friends of Jenin Freedom Theater and Grassroots International, two groups that share common values of supporting global justice, human rights and social change, including  in the Occupied Palestinian Territories



Noelle Renee

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  1. Mary Oliver is always inspiring. But tell me, why is the creation of peace a thing to kill about?

  2. Your question is a good one, Meri. The same could be asked about the
    assassination of Martin Luther King in the U.S. or Steven Biko in South
    Africa. No one understands it, My friend. It is a terrible tragedy and the
    theater in Jenin (West Bank) is trying to overcome it now. I think that when
    people live in such horrific circumstances where they are imprisoned in
    their own land by occupying, violent miltary forces, it changes them. But, I
    personally do not think that Juliano Mer Khamis was killed by anyone in the
    West Bank and neither do many of his supporters. He was a light in dark
    times. He was half Jewish and half Palestinian and tried to create a bridge
    between both worlds. He risked his life in doing so and created something
    beautiful from his mother Arna's work that will live after him, if people
    continue to support it!
    Peace and Light,

  3. I love the way that the poem branches out. We can all bough down to such eloquence.
    Thanks for this lovely post.

    Have a good weekend, Boonie

  4. Peace, light and love...

  5. There are so very many sad things going on in our world...sewing seeds of peace and kindness.

  6. dear noelle,

    you do reach out across profound landscapes in your thoughtfulness and regard. always the harbinger holding up the light for our consideration. always showing the way to our unity and peace.

  7. Thank you rebecca,
    I somehow think that this is a difficult one for people to understand. But the children need help now more than ever. Thank you for reaching out and creating a bridge of insight.

  8. Dearest Noelle,

    I'm glad I found you, I'm glad you found your platform here to promote peace, may your light continue to shine far and wide.

    Love Sue x

  9. Mary Oliver is a favorite of mine.
    Love this one and how your haiku echo's her sentiments.

  10. Your post is so thought provoking and poignant...so much to think about as we go through our lives and try to make sense of it all. Sometimes I want to steal away, too, yet other times I feel the definite need to act. Thank you for sparking some excellent introspection.

  11. Beautiful! Well-rooted, growing up and away and out through the mists. I would stay if time would let me...

  12. Dawn,
    thank you for your thoughtful response and depth of insight. It is much

  13. Thank you dear Sue. I am very glad that I found you too! I am grateful for
    your encouragement and support always.
    Noelle x


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