Square Perspective July 6

Night and Day


Inspired By Wendell Berry’s The Peace Of Wild Things


At 5 AM

I walk on to the deck to watch the Moon looking full of herself

Accompanied by a palm tree and a planet, Jupiter I believe.

I see a halo of rainbows around the moon.

Taking a photo the colors disappear into grayness on the screen

Still the tree silhouette, moon and star are a perfect Magi,

Wild Things un-taxed by forethought

Comfortingly silent,

No news of death 

or fires out here.

Still. At most witnesses to my anxious heart beating in the darkness of night.

I seek to be the peaceful being they see Until a breeze from the North chills me and I run inside to the warmth of the bed.

Still for 10 minutes, I have not thought of the horrors happing in my world

For a short time I rest in the grace of a safe world.

At 10 AM

this morning I look up at were the moon and planet were

A dusty blue sky fills the empty space next to tall palm

I know they were there still  “I feel the presents of the day-blind Lstars”

Carol Carlisle

I must include the words of Wendell Berry that inspired me Enjoy

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

—Wendell Berry

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