Artist Highlight: "Doug of Brushy Run" by Marjean Brooks

May 14, 2021
Brushy Run Farm

 

After a year like 2020, we all can relate to feelings of loss and devastation. The lost jobs, deaths of people we love, canceled celebrations, and more. It can be difficult to hope when our grief turns us toward despair. 
InSpero believes art invites us to honor the beauty in our lives while still holding space to mourn the precious gifts we have lost. We are so thankful for voices that speak to hope in the midst of trial. Voices that honor lives well-lived. Voices that honor both beauty and the reality of pain. 
InSpero Board member and author Marjean Brooks wrote the poem below about her brother, the story of a life well-lived, and the ways he offered joy through art.
We hope you will honor this story with us. We hope this poem turns you toward hope.  

***Please click on the image of the poem below to see a larger, easier to read, printable PDF version of Doug of Brushy Run by Marjean Brooks.***



Brushy Run Outdoor Spa
Brushy Run Sleeping Porch
Tulips Gathered from Brushy Run
Doug and his pup Wyatt



Marjean Brooks is an author and writer living in the Birmingham area. Aside from books and spiritual articles, she has written poetry about things that move her heart since she was a child. This past year has been a difficult one as she lost three close family members, her brother by a farming accident and both her mother and mother-in-law by Covid. Writing is a way for Marjean to process and grieve ~ this poem will be used in a celebration of life gathering for her beloved brother in June. Married to Ricky Brooks for 30 years, they share six grown children as well as eleven talented grandchildren!

http://www.marjeanbrooks.com/

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