The Circle of Love

Richard M. Ankers - Author

He plucked a message from the clouds
Gave it wings
Gave it substance
But a fog rose in submergence
Peeled it from the sky and swallowed it
Yet, still, it would not be subdued
Wriggling through the grey
Pushing through the moisture
Angels’ tears, they say
Out into a forest it burst
Arboreal greens flecking to Fall
Russet just being born
Where it followed a stream of tinkling clarity
Down a hillside and away
Out to the ocean it flowed
Out to the pulse of us all
There the sun appeared
Kissed the message and took it home
Evaporated
Yet in no way diminished
And so the circle began again
The circle of love
The message…life

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1251. We strain to renew our capacity to wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. ~Shana Alexander

What
if you were
a beetle,
and a soft wind

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and a certain allowance of time
had summoned you
out of your wrappings,
and there you were,

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so many legs
hardening,
maybe even
more than one pair of eyes

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and the whole world
in front of you?
And what if you had wings
and flew

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into the garden,
then fell
into the up-tipped
face

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of a white flower,
and what if you had
a sort of mouth,
a lip

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to place close
to the skim
of honey
that kept offering itself –

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what would you think then
of the world
as, night and day,
you were kept there –

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oh happy prisoner –
sighing, humming,
roaming
that deep cup?
~How Everything Adores Being Alive,
by Mary Oliver

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Isaiah 40:29  ✝

**Photos 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 by Mandy Disher; images 2, 3, 5 via Pinterest