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Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)
- TITLE: Shadows in the Meadow
By Loren T. Lowery
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Snow covered meadow, ambient white embers lying unscathed beneath a winter’s night. Nothing moves. Yet darkened hollows flicker in moonlight’s scudding clouds. No winds sway their bending forms, naught but light, laced with moon’s stilled glow portends their budding height and breadth.
An owl, secluded and sentient releases its tethered clasp from a towering pine and dives silently into the chilled night air. It glides over the meadow now in bloom with wavering precedent shadows – sloping dells, yawning hollows, telling foot treads - hidden histories, fragrant with remembrances, now felled translucent upon the snow.
Yet even as buds must fade, so too must shadows. Meadow filled with moonlight dusk adance with ephemeral and guttering memories. Gardens resplendent with flowers heightened in singular beauty by their fleeting transcendent blooms. Fate and wakefulness is numbered for each.
Can shadows bloom? Surely, they must. Their allure no less mysterious than any bud - be it flower, memory or youth. It takes nothing more than releasing our tethered clasp and in sentient silence, consider what they have - and can - portend.
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