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.

 ***

Nothing 

but this one moment

dawning.

 

 

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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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