Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Winter Revery

Beautiful Whidbey Island, in early January, not late November, but the feeling is similar.....

Praise Song

Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there's left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn't cracked. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it's all we have, and it's never enough.

Copyright (c) Barbara Crooker 2004.

1 comment:

Rexroth's Daughter said...

...it's all we have, and it's never enough.
That's the truth, and so well said. Great grey sky of Whidbey Island. One of the things I love about living in the northwest is the expanse of sky. So grand and endless, even when it's cloudy.