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Fresh Air
by Cindee Snider Re
06/05/11
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Fresh air is
Life experienced --
Touched, seen
Heard, smelled,
Tasted --
Genuine, abundant,
Raw, real
In all its messiness and complexity
Not neatly, electronically,
Through a visual screen.

It is damp spring earth scooped
With bare hands
To receive new plantings,
Weeds tugged from the ground,
Root-by-stubborn-root,
Mulch spread thick and pungent,
Into old beds made new,
Clean, fresh,
Beautiful.

It is the swoop and dive of swallows,
And half a dozen iridescent dragonflies
Darting,
Flitting,
Flying
On gossamer wings,
Through the yard
Consuming mosquitoes.

It is feeders rife with finches,
Purple and gold,
Nuthatches, sparrows,
Black-capped chickadees,
And a pair of nesting cardinals,
Beauty abundant,
So easily missed
Amid the more extraordinary --

An oriel perched on an orange rind
Mid-migration,
Swallowing sustenance for the
Miles yet to fly,

And Sandhill Cranes,
Whose ancient clacking calls
Still catch me by surprise,
Poster-bird of second chances,
Reborn from the brink of extinction.

Fresh air is
A sliver of sunlight
Piercing the clouds
Illuminating a cascade of
Snow white lilies
Cloaked in green,
And time…

Time to be still,
Aware,
Alive,
Awake.

Time to smell the rain,
And notice the lilies,
To catch one perfect, round drop
Clinging to the speared tip of
A single blade of grass.

Time to scoop the earth
By hand,
And stop to watch the swallows,
Listen for the cranes,

Time to breathe deeply
And experience the
Immensity of God

In every moment,
Every breath,
All things,
Everywhere.

Time to be still
And simply know
That He is GOD.


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