A Prayer for Other Living Things

A Prayer for Other Living Things

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Winter struggles to become spring

summer comes easily

then fall

as it has for me many times before.

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Big Darby - Battelle Darby Creek

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Looking back

to time spent in wild places

and

quiet morning walks,

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Forest trail - Michigan

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I now, slowly, finally, realize

it’s not only about us

our dreams, desires, and wants.

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*****

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In the woods,

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a sycamore stands

years longer than I

it’s tall white branches

bright against a winter blue sky

speaking in a voice I cannot hear,

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Sycamore - Griggs Park

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a butterfly

it’s quiet beauty

of

yellow, orange, blue

moves from flower to flower

not asking my permission,

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glistening in the sun

a dragonfly passes

as it earns it’s living

flying forward, backward, sideways,

my presence is of no concern,

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a thrush in a nearby tree

with an ethereal song

calls for it’s mate

not for me,

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along a path beside a pond

I pause

a bullfrog croaks

then splashes.

                                             rsp

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4 Comments on “A Prayer for Other Living Things

  1. What a beautiful poem–and the perfect pictures to set the mood. It puts us as a single thread of the web of life, not necessarily at the center. Realizing that All Life is sacred. Thank you for this.

  2. The images and the words take me right to those soft, serene places apart from the buzz of crowds and civilization. Beautiful.

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