What does she see across
the snow covered field,
in the distance or nearby?
Is the coyote following us today?
Silence broken by a single raven
leaving one tree top and heading east to another.
Silence until we hear crunching snow
and snapping twigs.
What is that in the dense woods?
We become still and listen,
looking for shadows and movement
aware of the universe surrounding us.
Stopping at the green gate and the snow covered driveway, the pine trees embrace the winter sky and the morning light, shadows reach across the space between tree trunks.
Too much Time has passed since the last visit and the space feels foreign. While I remember the name of each tree, I hope the ravens remember me as they circle nearly out of sight, their call still echoes through the forest, the only other voice heard above the winds’ song.
Packed snow crunches with each step. Brown pine needles blanket the white surface, untouched except the many deer tails weaving through the trees, reaching beyond what I can see.
The sun’s intensity warms tired bones and muscles. The wind directs eyes up as the treetops sway against the cloud-free winter blue.
Each breath tastes of nature. Each breath brings me back. Each breath brings me closer to a chance meeting with god.
The sleepy sun is just raising
one eye when we walk onto
the patio, one dog on each
arm, into the cold morning
with a thin layer of frost on
the ground and the apple tree.
Across the pond an oak tree
has emerged from its slumber
with a growing veil concealing
the noisy ravens watching every move.
The day’s chaos subsides
as the wind carries my worries away
and the trees wrap their limbs around me,
I close my eyes and the mountains appear.
The day’s battle and the outcome set
I relinquish the inner turmoil to the stars
as I cross tundra and rivers
setting up camp at the foot of the mountain.
What the mind seeks
what the body needs
what the soul requires
what the being is meant to be
is there, is here
as a murder of ravens
leading you to the empty fields.
I cry slow tears when –
the raven filled sky descends upon the earth.
the sun settles between bare branches.
the moon takes over watch.
the stars paint the night sky.
Sitting on the warm patio
the afternoon sun is calm
The wind from the north
is strong and cool –
we shade our eyes.
The grass recently lost its
cover and the yard is brown
and crunches beneath dog’s feet.
The sky is blue and
filled with black wings –
we watch ravens take over
the tallest tree on the hill
and in the quiet moments
with the two puppies
I am content and I remember
my place here within the matter
and I know what matters most.
Part one of “The Sea”. Part two should be up in a couple of days.
Across the sea of glass
an island of trees bending
heads bowed the sun does
not live here has not in years.
One tree is black not the
green you would expect
and it moves with the wind
and occasionally barks.
Cautious steps I begin
walking toward the island
an unknown distance but
I have long forgotten
about time and I have no
feeling or concept of where this is.