sometimes it’s hard to see your shadow

It’s been a year of changes, small changes mostly, adding up to a slight shift in balance.

Mornings have been foggy lately, literally and metaphorically, which is why we have tea, and sunshine. There hasn’t been a lot of sleeping going on, so burning off the fog takes time.

I sleep, I don’t sleep, I discard, reorganize, tame the garden, again. I write, I read, I write.

Tiny changes becoming habits, shedding pounds and detritus, aging my way into a place less frantic. Some days it feels possible, others, not so much.

Either way, here I am. The view shifts with the seasons, the trees grow taller, the row of pines that died has been replaced by a melange of trees and shrubbery planted by birds. They did the work for me, made all the decisions, filled in all the holes.

I let them take back what was already theirs, and they know the truth of that.

We sing together, on mornings like these, and the mockingbird records us. He is the record-keeper, always claiming the tallest tree.

I walk through the fog and listen to the whispers of days gone by, roots and memory twining up my ankles.

The sun is my keeper and night is my forest.

I forage, store, search for more.







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  • honeylazar September 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    the song that you sing is heard in my woods as well. i don’t notice the changes so much anymore. i have aged into the place where all i see is today.

  • Michael September 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    For someone that can’t sleep much, you certainly see the world with fresh eyes and words.

  • sarah September 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    “The sun is my keeper and night is my forest.” I love this so much.

  • Amanda Brooke October 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Your words, your sentiments are beautiful and brave. They so eloquently say the things I am feeling, wrapped in beautiful words and soft sentences. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. It truly means so much to me.

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