Art and poetry in the healing process

 

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My lovely neighbor Denise Casey asked if I would design an image to correspond with a very moving poem she wrote about her experience with Lyme, which as we in Vermont know is prevalent and disheartening. Let’s all be aware, and support Denise by buying a t-shirt! Here is what she says about the project,

“As some of you know, I had to leave my job in June because I needed to rest and heal from Lyme disease. The healing process is ongoing.

One of the difficulties of this disease is that so much of the struggle is invisible and done alone. I’ve heard many stories about people healing from all kinds of illnesses and struggles, and the main theme I hear is learning how to allow tenderness to be a source of guidance and trust. From these experiences, I wrote a poem and now I’m making a t-shirt in hopes that through connection and visibility we can remember a little bit more. And it’s been hard to earn money while still requiring the rest thats needed.

The front design was thoughtfully created by Franky Frances Cannon.
On the back of the t-shirt is an excerpt from the poem Fighting the Flight:

“…they,
like the moon,
and the waiting trees,
and the tightness in my back,
and the pressure in my head,
and the weight in my body,
are navigating me home
and I pray
that I stop fighting the flight,
stop seeing this tenderness
as less
and start seeing it
clearly
as more.”

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T-shirts are available in Heathered Navy w/ white ink, Heathered Green w/ white ink and Heathered Grey w/ Navy ink. Sizes are Mens S-XL. T-shirts start at $25 including shipping.

DM me w/ shirt size, color and quantity and we’ll go from there. Thank you!”

#meetmaxvt #fightingtheflight #lymedisease

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