Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

To the Water I Go

I am a believer that the following things have powerful healing powers:
The sun, the water, and animals. 
When I need to clear my mind,  I almost always find myself setting out towards the water.
 It is a subconscious reaction when I feel overwhelmed. 
Earlier this week, I set off towards the water.
It was dusk, and a quite hush was rolling into the city off the bay.
Twinkling lights of the night began to pop up along the horizon,
and buoys gently bobbed  themselves to sleep.
I stood on the water's edge, and I looked out past the bridge.
Mindful to steady my breath, slow down my heartbeat, settle my thoughts.
I allowed the sound of the lapping water to calm me down,
and when it felt like enough, I began my journey home.
 image is my own
It was on my walk back, past the boats tucked into the marina for the night,
that I heard a playful splash.
I stopped and I watched and sure enough,
a little baby seal was splish splashing among the docks!
I was mesmerized, and couldn't help but think
the little guy was there and doing this, just for me. 
I stayed and watched the seal for a twenty minutes or so,
until we both seemed to decide that it was time to go.
I headed back up the hills of San Francisco,
calm and happy and
hopeful to wake up to sunshine in the morning.

A Letter, on Love

And don't worry about losing. 
If it is right, it happens -- 
The main thing is not to hurry. 
Nothing good gets away.
image is my own
John Steinbeck
a letter to his son, Thom
November 1958

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

It's been an unusual winter,
one that leaves me scratching my head
and wondering aloud,
It's mid-March already?
In a matter of days, 
I went from mild nights in Manhattan,
to snow in the Sierras.
There are so many tales to tell,
so many words to craft carefully...
But, I can't quite do my thoughts justice just yet.
 image is my own
And the snow and the quiet of the mountains this morning
 offer me a perfect pause.
This first half of the month, 
I found I'd taken on the role of Lioness of March,
and as we round out month's end,
 I'd like to be a little more lamb.
Until then,
happy wintering, friends.