One February Morning

As the stars recede and the dawn, 

with its delicate peach and yellow hues,

expands, the mountains in the east

curve down to the sea in a gesture

of offering, their mountainous hands

releasing nature’s largess.

I sense . . . not just another day

but a whole and new genesis

where the dawn crests as the twilight falls,

crystallizing as creation anew.


 Here in this one moment

aware of the cool air,

inside and out, expanding

and contracting  as I breathe,

hearing the uprising songbirds

and on the edge of sight

their stirring in the bushes.

From the north a chilled breeze

combs each strand of my hair,

invigorates and grounds me;

again—just this moment.

The smell of musk, of fertile dirt,

of growth and rot; hearing

my feet crunch along the stiffened grass,

turning to see footprints left behind.

Again—this one moment,

filled with gratitude,  for movement,

these feelings, this one long breath,

everything . . .


Here, momentarily, gone,

then arising again . . .

and again and again.

If only we could see

microscopically, we’d understand

how minute yet constant

these changes are, nothing solid;

nothing lasts, everything stirs

and flies away, singing and wailing

in the process, as the process.



but this one moment





About P C Niles

Living along the rural and majestic coast of southern Oregon, P C Niles has found her forever home. She shares this home with her husband, Stephen, numerous cats and a dog, and an assortment of visiting wildlife. Pursuits include writing, meditating, reading, yoga, gardening, cooking, photography, and beach walking. Graced by serendipity daily.
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One Response to One February Morning

  1. Evi Schumacher says:

    Wow, what lovely words found their way to me this late at night. Really enjoyed these, Pam. Wonderfully written.

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