They Are Dancing

from the bench
we watch
firefly flowers

Discernment

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sunlight and shadows
the only guests received
preservation of retreat

Sanctuary

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snow in sun
basking leaves
dwell in the sanctuary of now

Sunflowers

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beaming in the hot sun
best beheld from the cool
depths of woodland shade

Arch of Hearts

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in the garden
everything of importance happens
in its own time and way

Mother Earth and Child

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misty morn
in the valley of the lily
statuary sanctuary

Neighbor

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rest and nest
in a house in the woods
where wind is the nearest neighbor

Lace Making

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a needle prick
a spot of blood
King James’ wife’s
labor of love

Rust


As winter edges closer
the woods become rust and grey.
Only the sound of one’s own footsteps
mulching leaves
interrupts the silence.

Retreat


Awaken when the woodpecker knocks.
Birdsong accompanies the noontime meal.
Eagle’s cries announce the surrender of day to dusk.

Watchfulness


From the sanctuary of the woods animals watch
the metal bridge that carries man and his many parcels and purpose
to the other side and back again.