Day after Christmas


At this hour of the morning, the park is mainly empty except for die-hard joggers in spandex and power walkers out with their dogs.  There is evidence of recent Christmas gifts: a man and his son in matching camouflage outfits; another man with a new camera strapped about his neck; on the path a pretzel bag jammed with napkins and a plastic candy cane that formerly held Hersey kisses wrapped in red and green foil; a man with inline skates and ski poles.


At the highest point in the park, sixty-foot trees reach gloveless fingers into the sky and try to snag billowing clouds as they bluster past.  But clouds cannot be held back by the trees.

My husband and I talk about the situation in North Korea—speculating about various scenarios and the outcome of each. 

The icy wind lashing our faces, we head down the hill, the covered bridge ahead of us.  The world quiets and darkens and softens as we step onto the wooden floor.  We can hear the stream passing twenty feet below; we can hear our footsteps echoing into the silence.  And then…

We stop.

Listen.

“That’s got to be an owl,” I whisper.

We gaze at the rafters, trying to find the source of the sound.  And it feels like a gift on this day after Christmas to hear an owl gently hooting to itself: No matter how much we manage to mess up this earth; nature seems to forgive us.  Nature seems to adapt.

We get too close.

The hooting stops.  We continue on our way, across the bridge and up another hill before turning around.  

A group of joggers runs past us and onto the bridge.  I glance at the rafters and see one word painted on a crossbeam: BE.

We cross the bridge on quiet feet, hoping to hear the owl again. 

But the bridge has fallen silent again.

We puff our way back up the steep hill and head for home.


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Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams: Day after Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2011

Day after Christmas


At this hour of the morning, the park is mainly empty except for die-hard joggers in spandex and power walkers out with their dogs.  There is evidence of recent Christmas gifts: a man and his son in matching camouflage outfits; another man with a new camera strapped about his neck; on the path a pretzel bag jammed with napkins and a plastic candy cane that formerly held Hersey kisses wrapped in red and green foil; a man with inline skates and ski poles.


At the highest point in the park, sixty-foot trees reach gloveless fingers into the sky and try to snag billowing clouds as they bluster past.  But clouds cannot be held back by the trees.

My husband and I talk about the situation in North Korea—speculating about various scenarios and the outcome of each. 

The icy wind lashing our faces, we head down the hill, the covered bridge ahead of us.  The world quiets and darkens and softens as we step onto the wooden floor.  We can hear the stream passing twenty feet below; we can hear our footsteps echoing into the silence.  And then…

We stop.

Listen.

“That’s got to be an owl,” I whisper.

We gaze at the rafters, trying to find the source of the sound.  And it feels like a gift on this day after Christmas to hear an owl gently hooting to itself: No matter how much we manage to mess up this earth; nature seems to forgive us.  Nature seems to adapt.

We get too close.

The hooting stops.  We continue on our way, across the bridge and up another hill before turning around.  

A group of joggers runs past us and onto the bridge.  I glance at the rafters and see one word painted on a crossbeam: BE.

We cross the bridge on quiet feet, hoping to hear the owl again. 

But the bridge has fallen silent again.

We puff our way back up the steep hill and head for home.


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1 Comments:

At December 27, 2011 at 3:05 AM , Anonymous Jodi Aman said...

I love this last photo, it is gorgeous! It is so precious to walk in the mornings and hear the bird sounds. Morning doves sound a lot like owls and may be more common. They sound so beautiful! The open id is not working, so I will post as a guest!
Love,
Jodi
www.healnowandforever.net

 

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