Monday, December 21, 2015

another december reflection

and when i give
a second look

i see
a star

arms reaching out
from a center
of thistles

*Calvin Seerveld called this story telling by nature the "hallelujahing of creation."

Friday, December 18, 2015

from my mid morning walk

fraught with the failures
of yesterday
and the missteps
of the morning

i meander past
the frozen field
through thicket and glade
to the hidden pond

and there
amidst the chaos
of broken branches
and fallen trees



"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."  ~Hans Margolius

*Writing this post brings to mind the "quiet" of a Bethlehem stable.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

winter rain

she is a gift given today

this tender december

and i, like the river birch
am changed
by her

"Nature has been for me, as long as i can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.   ~Lorraine Anderson

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

unseasonably warm

it's early december
but my morning walk
brought thoughts of may

the chorus of birdsong
and the warm moist air
caused me pause
inhale the moment

twas there
in the quiet of the cornfield
that grace o'er shadowed

"Nature is man's teacher.  She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumines his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence."
                                        ~Alfred Billings Street

Saturday, December 5, 2015


it's the little things
from those gone

like scuff marks on a door
or handwritten numbers
on an old window pane

that do fain
propel me

"It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time" ~Barbara Kingsolver