Summer Beauty Is Upon Us

dandelions
Dandelions, Simplicity in Beauty

I woke up today and the world had changed

It didn’t seem so different yesterday, what was rearranged?

The grass is somehow more luscious, lush, and green

There are wildflowers and thick leaves in vivid hues to be seen

The air is hot and moist today with rays of brilliant sun

Everyone is joyous and finding new games of outdoor fun

It seems just a fortnight ago, the earth was awash with spring

Tiny seedlings and buds just opening, birds returning to sing

Wisps of gentle breezes, chilly nights with dew-kissed dawns

Now the stillness of fragrant air and the days have grown so long

The sweet whisper of gurgling brooks over heated rocks and stones

Quiet times of peace to relax, finding time to be alone

Not wanting to stir in the humid heat of sunlight

Drinking in the beauty of summer with glorious sights

Healing Silence Captured in Verse

Very recently I went to a silent retreat. I wondered with my capricious chatter, as prolific as my writing, how I would ever withstand being totally quiet. But I had a mission, you see. I have not been well, and normal medical science seemed to be letting me down. Would silent reflection help?

I have to respond with a resounding, yet quiet, “Yes!”

Sometimes the things we dwell on and fear the most will respond to just letting go. Another whispered thought is acceptance. All is healing.

I wrote a few poems while in my silent retreat with loving strangers all around me. In the next few days I will share them. The verse tells the story so much better than I ever could.

Contemplative Silence in Nature
Contemplative Silence in Nature

My first poem at the beginning of my silent day:

Pain

Please Dear Lord, take away the pain

That governs my life and makes me insane.

Give me peace and energy.

Let me see what I should be.

When did I lose my way

And become what I am today?

How do I let go of years of tears?

How do I let go of all the fears?

I’m the only one who can do this–

Take away the crippling madness.

All I have to do is say, “Yes!”

Taking Time in Silence to See the Angel in the Sky
Taking Time in Silence to See the Angel in the Sky