Friday, November 23, 2012

morning thoughts

the morning chill
has me toasting my feet
by the fire (okay, it's a space heater)
but i can dream, right?

blue jays wake the others,
too early —
(even the doves are grumpy)
and planes drone lazily overhead,
in the clouds above the pines.

the pine tree has a dying branch.
it isn't sad, though —
it's going out blazing fire.

i like that.




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

for those whose light be low on the horizon...


"I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings. Remember that the shadow a thing casts often far exceeds the size of the thing itself (especially if the light be low on the horizon) and though some future fear may strut brave darkness as you approach, the thing itself will be but a speck when seen from beyond. Oh that He would restore us often with that 'aspect from beyond,' to see a thing as He sees it, to remember that He dealeth with us as with sons."  

— Jim Elliot



Monday, November 19, 2012

i am the last autumn leaf


i am the last autumn leaf,
holding on by a thread to the vine.
the green is all drained out of me,
i am dried up and waiting
for the end of life as i know it.

yet, the cold winds have painted
beauty on this husk —
vivid color that belies the inner
pain, and leads to wonder
in the eyes of passers by.

i cannot see it,
a leaf is blind.
still, i let go, trusting
that the season of this dying
will have an end,
and spring will come
again.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

because i need reminding...


Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. 
— Albert Schweitzer 


Friday, November 9, 2012

all you need is love



There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 


Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy

Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

— John Lennon




Monday, November 5, 2012

some good words for uncertain times.


“What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did.”
― 
J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Thursday, November 1, 2012

just for a change from bird photos...


The weather has turned chilly, and my dog thinks it's time to hibernate.