The Skins of Trees

That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing. — Psalm 71: 8-9 Layers of bark, broken,  cracked like skin, aged  by heat and wind.  These trees have lived  long,Continue reading “The Skins of Trees”

Thankful

I am thankful  for gentle  assurances, moments  of stillness,  unexpected  displays  of kindness,  early mornings  in quiet reflection,  moonbeams  before sleeping,  lavender skies that break  into sunrise,  bird song  at dawn,  the laughter  of children,  the changes  of season,  the cover  of trees,  the scent  of a rose,  the simplest  gifts are our  greatest rewards.Continue reading “Thankful”

Enchanted

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. — Psalm 139:14, NKJV It looked like green rain, a driving pelt against a lonely but steadfast flower determined to hold its place. The next frame held unicorn tracks through a thick forest,Continue reading “Enchanted”

Walking Amid Trees

The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. — Psalm 104:12, NLT To stay under the wide arms stretching out to a calming blue, under the plumes of green, silver,  to gold and a deepening orange; to sit, back against the bark, and wonder how much life has passedContinue reading “Walking Amid Trees”

Standing Under Trees II

“I took a walk in the woods and left taller than the trees.” — Henry David Thoreau Sometimes standing under trees is the only way I can breathe deeply enough to relax, to calm myself into remembering what I am — this steady pacing, a day to day reckoning of the joys  and consequences ofContinue reading “Standing Under Trees II”

Nudges

I’ve developed a fondness  for flowers, and I tell you,  if you take the time to notice,  they are different each day, each hour, really.  I’ve become enamored of bees, only recently realizing how many I’ll see if I slow down and seek them amid blooms near me.  I have been standing  under trees, findingContinue reading “Nudges”

Life

Fragmented speeches, flashes of faces; bits and pieces, scattered traces; pauses to consider a slant of light,  the bend of limbs in a leafless tree, a morning song of a lonely thrush,  the final brilliance of a setting sun — all forms of poetry— sighs, stutters, whisperings; running breathlessly, rest and rapid spurts, laughter, tears,Continue reading “Life”

Psalm Searching

“The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture  and the hillsides blossom with joy.”  — Psalm 65:12, NLT The displeasure of my mood suggests that I am in need of a holiday — oh, to luxuriate on warm, sea-side sand, my heavy impression stamped firmly in earth, full face to the sun; or to walkContinue reading “Psalm Searching”