The bank is soft as an easy chair.
The water a cool embrace.
The sky is as blue as a robin’s egg.
Perfect summer day.
Hostess to the bee,
you make his fuzzy jacket pale in comparison
to your explosion of color.
A tree of great courage
refused to be broken
and dared to reach for the sky.
Glimmering in the sun.
Hungering for fenders.
The morning mist is a curtain
waiting to be pulled open by the sun
revealing the action of the day.
The land must be listened to
respected and revered.
Old friend show me the way to Eden.
What kind of cows have wheels and honk?
The young one wonders.
Dumb ones. The older ones know.
If you listen closely
at the edge of the pond, shortly after dawn,
you can hear the fish whisper their plans for the day.
God is here in this rock wall,
in the mind that planned it, in the hands that made it,
in the earth that holds it, in the rain that will wash it,
in the snow that will gather on it, and the sun that dries it.
Some nights a firefly
blinks at my window;
my lovely mysterious suitor.
Ancient acorn woman
wanders the forest floor
tends the wild rose
Dark as midnight
sentry at the garden’s edge
denouncing the dawn garden feasting of deer
Set down your troubles
at the foot bridge to the path
that leads deep into the woods
and let the wind carry them away.
From the nest to the branch was a short hop,
more courage will be needed
to fully venture into the world.
The pond shares her wisdom
in the beauty of calmness
and importance of multiple perspectives.
Mother Nature’s remnants
speak to me
of the secret lives in the forest
Throw off your elfin cap
and shout out the color of your summer joy.
I pray that my verve be as tenacious as yours.
What shall we do together dear useful friend
write a letter, build a canoe, kindle a fire
or listen to the wind in your leaves?
Midsummer brings the brown eyed susan,
cone flower, cosmo, pink and lavendar
onto the table, bedside and mantle.
An abundance of beauty.
Antlers embrace pods from the Japanese maple tree,
a shrine to the seasons of life and bounty of Sunday Mountain,
a place to worship.