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Wind-The sky was higher

The sky was higher today

than yesterday.

The clouds lounged in

7th heaven.

The wind blew most of

them away

only those higher up

escaped.

The sun won’t be blown

off track any time

soon.

Many limbs took the

hit scattered over

the landscape like

crooked toothpicks.

The waters were ruffled

I think confusing the white

egret as to where his

next meal was

coming from.

They never seem

to go hungry.

The waters eventually

calm.

 

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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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Adversity: Keep Going

Adversity keeps us tuned up

for easy roads

smooth sailing.

No blockages–

fallen trees

branches piled high

as a tree on the trail

dogs who want your

soul as well as your

flesh, but their owners

protest, no, they won’t hurt

you”.  Oh, OOOkaay…right.

I’ll wait.  You chain ’em up.

Two hands.  5 dogs coming

at me all at once.

Fields of grass hiding

‘deadly’ thorny features

you don’t want to

mess with.

Well, if you get

through all that

and onto the blockage

free path, finally,

you can enjoy an

easy road/path

home the rest of the

way.

 

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A good day

Foggy, cloudy & cool

turned to warm, sunny

and blue.

If we waited long enough

the sun would dominate

the “pesky” fog that cast

somewhat of a ‘gloom’ on

the day.

I can see my shadow! I

exclaimed as we walked to

lunch!  I can make a

rabbit with my hands!

It was all good until we

had to go back for the

tickets for the drawing

at lunchtime.

Gathered up, on the way

back & excited to get

to lunch I said,

don’t…but too

late…as she rounded

the corner…run…

I mumbled to

myself.

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce  National Park, Utah

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce National Park, Utah

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Silent Nature

The rain quieted the workers

hammering on the roofs of the

condos across the river.

Quieted the boats, save one

who takes his yacht out

rain or shine alone on

the water sending rolling

gentle waves over the

glassy surface to lap

the shore.

The birds are there, you

just have to look for

them.

One quiet biker passed

me on the trail.

Puddles from the

night before were

small and passable.

Tracks of people this

day were telltale

fresh.

The crows wouldn’t

miss a day of doing

what they do and

then returning over

head about the time

of my walk towards

evening.

Close up of cyclamen.

Close up of cyclamen.

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Out and Free

Yes, winter still has its claws

in us.

Yet it is in innumerable ways

better off out in the elements than

staying in.

If all you can do is walk–

you learned it at 2? years old–

do that.

See the sky, the trees, water,

boats, crows.  None of them

are inside.

Sometimes I think only

some of the birds like to be

out on a cold, bleak day.

I don’t know where the

rest of them go, that are

here when the sun is

generous and the air warms.

People even hole up.

Well, so much for them.

They only lose what an

investment in their

peace of mind would

bring.

 

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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Quiet Sunday Walk

I walked in the wet grass, the muddy

spots in the trail I detoured

around.

The trees are spaceful

transparent

hiding nothing

behind.

The ducks flew and did their thing

in the water and the air.

Not a lot of people

want to come out

on a day like today–

cold and still

going about nature’s

business

as unobtrusively as

possible.

I was going nowhere

and arriving somewhere.

My path was only

followed by one lone

biker

I was delighted to see.

On your left as I moved

left on your right he

announced again

and he passed.

Thank you.  Thank you.

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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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Let go

Sweep me away, rain

off my feet

down the street

take me to new lands

an adventurous digression

from the onerous grind of life.

Give me wings

I’ll fly!

parachuteless

through the sky

star bound

even though I only

see one

until night

and they all appear.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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