Translucent gold in the canopy;
raspberries and cream at eye level throughout the woods;
damp underfoot and damp overhead;
the necessity of a verb:

A newly-awakened tree frog
balances on a flimsy branch, while below
the coil of a black racer unwinds
an iridescent rivulet across the asphalt
in search of the warmth from
a newly-emergent sun.

                                     Just down the hill
the scattered petals of peach blossoms
eddy in a placid pool before draining
in a trickle between twin banks of new growth.

Read it from the script; chant it; shout it;
celebrate in counterpoint with the wren
all the secret blessings of the light!

April 10, 2003

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