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  • Writer's pictureBari Shamas

I am Vermont Strong


“I am Vermont Strong”

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What does that mean???

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To me it means, I am resilient. Floods, snow storms, humid heat, a lot of time alone, a community that asks for one day a year to sit in Town Meeting, though all of that I stay in this state.

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This state of awareness that nature heals, nature needs our consciousness, a mindfulness that we are all connected like the roots and mycelium underground.

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That the clear and open skies at night alert us to how big the universe is and how we are one part of it.

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This state where there are more cultural events than we can go to within a few miles. Beautiful, thought provoking, nourishing, fun and when we are really lucky, silly.

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I am strong because of living here. I am vulnerable too, and at the ground level, I know that the environment here will hold what ever I need it too.

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Living here uplifts me, a safe place to be queer. A fine place to raise kids. Woods and meadows to wow me everyday. Birds, Fowl, to keep my eyes looking up.

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Coyotes, martins and bears to remind me about the cycle of life. Predator and prey all want the same thing. To live.

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I am Vermont Strong.

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