My heart is awed within me, when I think

Of the great miracle that still goes on,

In silence, round me — the perpetual work

Of thy creation, finished, yet renewed


—William Cullen Bryant, Forest Hymn

One year passes into the darkest hour

as the new year reaches for the light 

of tomorrow, and I sit in the dawn 

of 2023 wondering what I might see 

in this blessing of another day of living — 

all the beautiful renewals of creation, 

the bird that sings, the evergreen pine 

that reminds me of spring, the lofty 

clouds that carry sweet rains of replenishing…

May I sit still in the newness of this year’s 

arrival and meditate on such truth around me.

—C.L. Fisher, January 2023

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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