Sticks and stones may break my poems…


So it happened to me…vandalism. Here in my town, on a rather cold November night, in a quiet little park beside our recreation center, someone’s unnecessary outburst. I didn’t expect it, though I probably should have by now. My heart was rather buoyed up after placing a collection of lights and words in an Illumination Installation earlier this evening, then took a little tumble when I returned later to retrieve my art and saw this:

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DSC_0752 DSC_0742 DSC_0750Sure, I was sad. I wondered who would do this, and why they would steal 50 messaged tea lights and a ceramic pot… I mean, what are they going to do with those things?

For a few minutes, I took it personally. Yep. And, as always, it’s not about me. Thank goodness for those wise voices speaking into my life who remind me when I forget.

So, my dear vandal(s), you can stomp on my lanterns, bend my battery powered tea lights, and tear up my poems, but I’m not going to stop doing what I do. Not yet. Nope.

Light shines brightest in the dark.

Twinkle, twinkle.


3 thoughts on “Sticks and stones may break my poems…

  1. It’s hard to imagine what goes on in someone’s heart when one is confronted with actions of darkness… I’m so sorry this happened – not just because your hard work – the bearing of your soul in the open for everyone to see – was trampled on and disregarded but also sorry that there are hurting people out there that are unable to see beauty and light… so I’m happy to hear that you will continue to do what you do because it seems even more obvious now that the world is in great need of what you have to offer – what we all have to offer in terms of light and hope!
    Thanks for doing what you do! xo

    • I felt put upon, but this is entirely itty bitty in comparison to all the hurtful things taking place around us these days. I said to M this morning, I think I’m going to install again in that exact spot and see what happens. Or not. I feel embarrassed to feel upset by it, but maybe my resolve was being tested? Thanks for your compassionate outlook and sharing it here. We all can bring light and hope, in many different forms. Absolutely!!!

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