visibility

Freedom

How to get a lot in a little?

A seed, an egg can do it.

They might have to look at

their watch a while

in becoming.

Hatch you must

and not just on boats

to peek your head out

to see if the sun is still

shining.

But to break free

from all old

and worn beyond

measure

to a new vantage

point

high enough to

see in every

direction

while you yourself

are visible requires

inspiration–and your

part–follow through.

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Moving On

Kids move on easily.

They outgrow

their lessons, clothes

games quickly, visibly.

You don’t know who

they are if you spend

much time away from them.

Adults can be rut-dwellers.

Nature or no one else to

move them along

leaves them left

to their own ways.

They become near-

sighted, far-sighted

and the whole of life

takes on a blur

not of movement

but of stagnation.

Stuckness can devastate,

destroy ambitions buried

deep in youth.

To be a kid again you

have to grow from the inside.

The innocence and curiosity

are all there ready like the dragon

to be awakened.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

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Stop

To stop seems dangerous.

Like riding a bicycle,

only forward movement

keeps you up.

No more, I’m full.

The flow has to reverse

in order to make room

to continue intaking.

A rest of sorts is needed.

A feeling is necessary

to give direction,

momentum

again.

A soul-searching

feeling–it was

in there all along

but buried under

mounds of

debris.

Too much, too fast

dictates an overflow

run amok

flooding every direction

at once, inundating

all channels to anywhere.

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Essence

I’m living my life on the edge

between the lines

in the pauses

unnamed words never said

say more than all my jabbering.

Just look at me.  I cannot hide

what you see, selectively or

otherwise.

You can read me like a book

between my words I find truth.

It hides on the edges of the lines

waiting to get in to be a full-

fledged word of words

announcing my offerings,

however humble.

I’ll pick you apart–but you

asked for it–and welcome it

as an agent of change &

we will get along marvelously.

Yet most of my real essence

stays cowering in the shadows

avoiding the inevitable barbs

that may come my way.

Such a pittance of offering

results.

Large Wood Nymph butterfly (Cercyonis pegala). Near the Snake River. Oregon

Large Wood Nymph butterfly (Cercyonis pegala). Near the Snake River. Oregon

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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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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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Breakthrough

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Close up view of fall colored aspen trees. San Juan Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

It was cold & dreary

then the sun broke through.

There was still blue sky above

white, puffy chiffon-like clouds

floated by as carefree as the

wind they rode upon.

It warmed our souls, not to mention

our body, that selfless sun.

We played like it was summer or

spring–anything but the

cold winter day it had been.

The fog kept us company

earlier to remind us of our

place, and that it’s not

nice to (try to) fool mother

nature or anyone else’s mother

as if we really could.

So the sun had its way

with us while we learned

new games in bliss and joy

out from the stifling confinement

of 4 walls–a roof and a floor

“box” living–never meant

for humans or any other animal

for very long and they were out

of there, back to nature feeling

at home as anywhere else they

could build.

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Space

God has cleared a space.

The Hubble is yours to view.

What do you see?

What are you looking for

or do you just want to see

what’s there?

Not many have explored

space–there’s a lot of it

for one thing.  And it’s

very far away, most of it.

So, we can look and see

what we see.

Do you think there’s fireflies in

outer space?

Or is there plenty of light

without them?

I’d bring a flashlight,

just in case.

On return to earth

you might be a

little ‘spacey’ after

a trip into outer

space or even inner

space.

But it’s good to be solidly

in the dimension–the

3rd I think it is, when

you’re in your body.

 

 

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Nature

Nature is steady.

She never ‘modernizes’.

Comes out with a new

& improved model

next year.

She’s stable & changes

slowly, if at all–from our

perspective.

She’s always there.

You never have to hunt her

up.

She doesn’t hide.

A foggy day may

obscure her obvious

beauty but under those

wraps, she sparkles

and shines in the bright

sunlight.

Low tide  pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

Low tide pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

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