A Response to Janice


morning light @ the lake

Dear Janice:

Spring was late arriving, though, in all fairness, winter was mild.
Seasons have developed the habit of turning into the next all too rapidly in my new, New England, evidenced at The Lake, my euphemism for a sweet, shallow, solitude.

I can remember a time when the color of the day was just the backdrop for a mood.  The blues of the lake are slate, and the trunks of the trees are gray. The rhododendrons are green and thick and waxy.

Here and there a yellow daffodil, or traces of a forsythia, can be seen among the naked branches. Nothing is stretching. Nothing is really alive, yet, nothing is really dead either.
Sanctuary sounds of spring are more boastful than its colors in many Aprils. Like a Gregorian Mass, birds sing a more fragrant tune as the shrubbery yearn for more rain and larger, warmer, drops of sun. The chant is more engaging than the sermon.

There is a chair on the deck of this woodland cottage;
and at 10:30 the sun will drench it in a warm bath of sunlight.
I move with the angle of the sun.
Spring seems redundant.
I have seen my share.
They all become autumn.

Life, the slight dash between these two warning seasons,
settles in.
A color of sadness remains long after the sun has given The Lake its new hue.
I look up from where ‘my pen teems
my gleaming brain’, and a whisper of life enters.
The skin catches the changes first,
then the eyes take it in, soon you are the new season, you are the yellows, the aquas,
and the deeper blues, and like the trees and the shrubs, you yearn for droplets of sun to saturate the season with color.


April 2016


If Only I Had Lived Like a Heron



a bird of paradise 2

If Only……


If only I were a heron, I would wake the world
with a cry of joy that the rivers and the forests
and the streams were here for me to employ. I would
open my eyes and look at the closest thing to me
and I would say, Good Morning:  I Love You.

If only I were a heron, I would waddle slowly
through the grasses and I would dip my wings
in the holy waters and I would thank the gods for the
wonderful world that they created for me. I would
slowly lift my spirit and my wings would, with a
deep and heavy flapping, lift me above the riff
that is the earth, and I would glance down and
glimpse the wonders that were mine for the taking.

If only I were a heron I would cast a shadow over
the water below me and I would watch as I became
a miracle in flight. If only I were a heron, my life
would flow timelessly through space and my instincts
would guide me even as I had no consciousness of gods.

If only I was a heron; and, “if-only,” only worked like a dream….