walking

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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Inspiration

Why do I wait for inspiration?

Even when I don’t

and just barge ahead,

none really comes, often.

Just ideas and a few more

concepts pasted together

to form a support of

a theme.

Summer-like, I left

most of my cold weather

gear at home, on my walk.

I was a little cool as the

sun set & I felt a

little naked showing

a lot of bare skin for the

first time this year.

It’s not rational–I didn’t

take off all my clothes

just some of them &

still I felt (irrationally)

self-conscious.  Once

everybody does it, then

I feel I “fit in” (and

don’t stand out).

Attention & me are

sometimes

strange bedfellows.

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterffly Garden.Oregon

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterfly Garden.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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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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Rain

Crocus and oak leaves. Bush Park, Salem, Oregon

Crocus and oak leaves. Bush Park, Salem, Oregon

The rain falls

chases away

a lot of noise

in the world.

Only animals

of a hardy

nature

are comfortable

(can’t “escape”

really)

in its presence.

The little birds

will be

undaunted

foraging about

playfully

none the wiser

about discomfort.

The waterfowl

will be having

a heyday–

at home

the most.

Lightly falling,

even I will

venture forth,

enjoyably.

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Colorful

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

The last few colorful

leaves

are holding down

the trails’ beauty.

We’re hanging on

til the end

soaking in the sun

when all our

compatriots

have fallen to

the ground

long ago–

a virtual brown

out, we’re stars of

the show, by

default.

Soon we’ll leave

our tree naked

again to fend

for itself til

Spring.

But for now

life is delightful

in the sun and

breezes–gentle

as can be.

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A Crooked Path

I kind of like that I follow

some inner impulse–

most of the time.

I worry about not being

perfect.  The universe

chuckles over that all

the time.

I go in a rather jagged,

zig-zag course forward

trying to “feel” where

I’m going as well as

watch out for running

into poles while I’m so

engrossed in myself!

Sensible thinking also

comes along.  I’m not

sure how helpful it is.

It’s usually built with

guilt & fear which are

useless to me.

Yet I carry that baggage

& most of it sticks to

me like glue as much

as I try to shed it off.

At the end of the day

I get to let it rest

and I usually get

to go at it again the

next day.

Even with a map,

I still veer.

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

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Visibility

The eye sees

The ear hears

NO ONE escapes

being

seen.

You’d have to

walk a long

way to escape

the vision of

another

or to disturb

his peace.

You may

never get back

but leaving

behind what

does not work

is worth the

trek.

You will

encounter

the view of

a new person

a new place

after your

absence.

There will be

no need to

escape

being seen.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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