freedom

Wanderlust

I just want to wander

here and there

wherever I feel

for an hour–

not on the freeway

at rush hour

but somewhere in nature

that I can feel relaxed

enough to sense my

gut feelings and try

to ‘hear’, be aware of

them, telling me or

giving me ideas

of where to go next,

what to do & see what

happens.

Such non-directive

living might seem

an exercise in futility

but I think, contrarily,

it will get us in touch

with a creative part of

ourselves that we are

constantly suppressing

by our judgemental, critical,

negative thinking.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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On a Walk

No.  I don’t have time for a walk, today.

Yes you do!  Get your butt out that door

and go walking.

Who knows what’s out there that’s new

or changed from yesterday?

I saw a tree that went (belly) roots

up as it fell over.  I don’t remember

seeing that before.  No strong wind

yesterday that I remember.

My memory is good and I’m very

observant–don’t like to miss a

thing I can take in with my eyes.

So the next time I visit a place,

years later sometimes, I remember

how it was then & I can see all the

changes.

I don’t remember this tree on its

side, half way in the river but

my mind is busy these days

with “problems” or puzzles I

try to sort out while I walk, so

I could have missed it, OR

I am just really waking up

to getting out of myself &

becoming more aware of the/

my environment.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Zoo

At the zoo you be careful who/what

you offer your food to.

Sharp teeth

are an ever-present risk

of a grazing scratch–

deadly to a hemophiliac.

At the zoo you listen.

Deafening cries of

“help, let me out of here”

fill your ears.

Yet you’re not your brothers’

keeper.

So you can only lick your

compassion wounds and watch

them suffer in silence

or not.

The zoo is a prison to animals

who have done nothing wrong.

Bars are no way

to live life, viewing it through them.

Condemned, the animals

can only hope for release

from keepers who are intent

on keeping them in.

 

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The Hawk

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

The hawk doing his aerobatic

maneuvers had no awareness

of me watch him in the distance

as I walked through the field.

He was just having the best time

swooping barrel rolls almost

were like falling off a log to him.

To keep from getting dizzy and

‘falling out of the sky’ must

have been built in for generations

or he just practiced a lot and

loved flying.

Some hawks are more keen with

their eyesight, some just

like to sit up high and observe

all below for the tiniest mouse

to make a wrong move!

This hawk was a navigator

goggles on, scarf blowing

in the wind he was willing

to fly circles around the

nearest cloud or tree just

for the rush of wind past his

face beak forward, feathers

back, claws ready in case

dinner presented itself–a tasty

distraction.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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Freedom

The tail.  Is it the tail that wags

the dog?

Some think it is so.

Expression of tail

overrides even the

bark of delight, glee

at a walk, a run

or freedom in any

way from home.

Home is where the heart

is.

Yet freedom yields

powerful exertion

over home if it is

confining.

The whole body

knows freedom

or not.

It’s not hard

to decipher.

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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On The Path

Up the hill is the hardest.

Down the hill is the easiest.

Which will you choose?

Do you even have a choice?

Where did you start from?

The bottom or the top?

Hanging in there–not an

option–you get to ride

both trails.

One is not really better than

another unless you

say it is.

Unless you’re a desert

dweller

far from the hills

your variety is direction

not elevation.

 

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Coming Out

The egg has hatched!

It finally

cracked.

Out popped

the chick

yellow and slick

as usual

except

now its wings

were

drying.

Its feathers

fluffed

on its maiden

flight

from fright

at night!

 

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24 hrs.

Everyday we do what we do.

Doesn’t seem we’ve been given

the gift of 24 hrs. to do with

as we please.

We look back on the day and

say, ” What was I so busy

for?”  I could have been

enjoying myself,

doing what I love.

My life is ordered of a

sorts.  If I change

the routine,

I may need to re-adjust

every other aspect affected

by it.

It’s often easier to do

the same things (that

keep me afloat) daily &

not skip because my

body knows it missed

out on a “treat” of some-

thing it enjoys and will

usually let me know

I haven’t become healed

or strong enough to move

on or away from that

most helpful activity

repeated day after day.

There’s a big chunk in

the middle that’s über

creative and almost

never the same, though,

for balance.

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

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Flower Petals

Flower petals

flit

and fall

leaflessly

haplessly

to the ground.

Lying there

inert

lifeless

they beautify

the landscape

with floral rainbows

of rest.

Tread lightly on them

if you have to

tread at all for

they have given

their life

their livelihood

for a grander

purpose

not to fade

for quite

sometime.

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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I Can

Everything’s telling me I can’t

but I’m going to anyway.

I saw how powerful my mind

and thoughts were today,

taking away pain if I

focused on the positive–on

what I wanted.

It just took a little while

of concerted “effort” & con-

centration to build up

a momentum where I didn’t

have to do that anymore.

I was just on “auto pilot”.

When the pain occasionally

surfaced–it was constant in

the beginning–I just

did what I did continuously

to get going for a brief

moment, and I was

on the road again–pain

free.

It wasn’t my body–

that was just the result

of my “negative”, weak

thinking that manifested

in the habit of pain & “I

can’t do it”.  It was just easier

to give up when the going

got tough than push through

it with some effort in my

thinking and that pushed

my body forward.

 

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