Big wind today
Crazy excited about something
Clearing the air
Releasing the leaves, pollens and dead weight
From trees and bushes
Walking the trails
I encounter my past
Strewn about the pathways
In dizzying array.
Pea hail of Madrone blossoms
Gentle blue-snow dusting of California Lilac
Needles, cones and leftover leaves from the fall
Prints of canines and critters that have passed this way before
deeply embedded in dried mud.
Only crazy people walk in the woods on a windy day.
Squirrels scold and Jays sound the alarm
Trees creak, clank and moan
Consider releasing what no longer serves
Be it leaf, twig, bough or branch.
A few will give up altogether
Surrender their roots to time
Come crashing down to meet the earth
Face to face
Unless another stronger tree
Happens to catch them in their descent.
Hawks and crows surf the currents
(Oh, I know you won’t believe me
But just after I wrote that line,
Two crows dove dramatically
Within twenty feet of my window.
Where’s my camera
Where’s my camera
I’m not surprised
Crow medicine has been showing up lately.)
Songbirds dive like bullets
For the next safe haven
Strategize to avoid being blown sideways.
Falling leaves twirl like little girls in
New skirts with petticoats.
I swear I can hear their laughter.
On the trail, beneath the creaking trees
A splash of white feathers
Sign of angels
Sign of a kill.
After a time of solitude
The path is enlivened with neighbors
A trail runner
A couple and their show dogs
A couple with no dogs
A woman walking her horse.
Who dares walk on a windy day?
the walkers, the runners, the riders.
All that mental energy needs a bit of earth
A bit of dirt and trail under our feet
Some blazing sun to make us squint
And a good wind to face into.
I feel it pull my thinking right out
The tips of my wildly flying hair
And send it God only knows where.
I release an invocation
And let it fly on the wind as well.
I sing for all the butterflies
That emerge today,
Or on any windy day,
Who had no idea
It would be this blustery
Once they left the ground.
It’s a different kind of freedom
And freedom, none-the-less.
copyright (c) May 2010, Kathy J Loh, All Rights Reserved