Thursday, May 24, 2012

there is this to keep us...



To sit and look out upon the world 

is a marvelous thing.

It is even better when a mockingbird

is singing, and his love echoes back,

when a breeze stirs the wind chimes

and cicadas hum

and shadows paint with dappled sunlight

on the earth

which smells of warm pine needles.

If you wait quietly enough,

the cardinal will burst his heart for you

in song.

leslie young
© 2012


18 comments:

Nancy said...

Just reading your words and looking at your picture relaxes me and takes me into another world...Thank you...

Ostriches Look Funny said...

This makes me happy. I think it's the pine needles :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, yes, warm pine needles. I love them.
K

Debbie D. said...

You paint such a beautiful picture with your words! Thank you!

DeborahJoy said...

waiting quietly. Mmmm, trying to do this today X

Deb Colarossi said...

You write my heart.

Loree said...

Lovely words. There are so many wondrous little things that we would miss if we don't take the time to look for them. Thanks for the reminder.

S. Etole said...

Those moments of grace ... such gift.

Glenda said...

Waiting . . . watching . . . listening for nature's sights and sounds is a wonderful way to clear the mind! I love your description!

ayala said...

A beautiful write, Leslie.

Jodi said...

I love that your words are a heart bursting song. Lets catch up soon.

Rachel said...

I can hear the bird song and smell the pine needles, your poetry always comes alive.

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

lovely, and also true

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i think so.
i find myself sitting on those back garden steps OFTEN, contemplating exactement this.
although the sounds here are a tad different. as a matter of fact! something kept me awake all night! was it a duck?

anyway. please find a new tennant in our house, and a little something which you ought to compare with yours. if you know what i mean.
tag along, over at mine's. ;)))
n♥

Rick said...

You've described a picture of peace. Powerful words, in a quiet way.

I'd exchange 1,000 days of hustle and bustle in the city for that !

Have a great week Leslie.

Emily said...

A beautiful moment, beautifully told. Such peace!

Laura said...

oh Les, so beautiful...all it takes is stopping and paying attention and we can feel the blessings pouring in through all of our senses.

beth said...

our cicadas aren't here yet...but soon they will drown out the sound of the kids playing in the backyard....and i will love the new temporary sounds of summer...xo