Alive and Still Eager

Awake with first light,

tiredness lifted from my body,

the energy of sun and water

finding its way into my heart;

a grey wing junco

sits for a fluttering instant

on a bench near the point

and for a moment we trade places –

the bench a perch for junco me,

skittering over the warming ground

looking for worms with a bird’s heartbeat,

so much to see and feel

in the compressed life

of a feather.

Back in my human body

with the slow pulse of years,

I notice the shag bark and smooth skin

of the reaching madrone

pulling up from root

into the broadening leaves of April

and for a moment we trade places,

the yearning of earth

flowing through my branches,

the hope of green

flooding into the newly lit sky;

the pulse of this heartbeat

slow and melodic,

drumming the gravelly soil

along the rock and into the sea.

Easing in and out of this body,

trading places with my children,

becoming their son or daughter,

with my friends, feeling

their joys and sorrows,

walking in the two legged way,

alive and still eager for the mystery.



12 Responses to “Alive and Still Eager”

  1. Marco says:

    This one just brought a full-mouthed, sunny smile to my face! 🙂

  2. Robin Bryant says:

    Same Here Marco! What a Dance! What a Life!

  3. David says:

    I love the last line. As I do my walk daily with the dogs I too find my self moving in and out of the elemental beings that surround me. It must be a function of ol’ age. What do you think??
    Thanks for the continued exploration of the mystery through your song.

  4. Bill Dare says:

    So Beautiful… so natural… sets me up perfectly for my first client this morning.

  5. Steve Goetz says:

    A site visit up to Mt. Hood was canceled today, much to my disappointment. This like so many of your other poems transports me out of the office and provides a welcome respite in the natural world, if only for a few moments. I can almost hear the wind in the trees and the waves breaking on the shore. Thanks.

  6. Michael Cecil says:

    Your images of oneness with the natural world speak to my soul.

  7. A beautiful description of the power and fluidity of oneness.

  8. Tom Wishing says:

    Got me in the spirit for this weekend of camping & kayaking with the boy scouts.

  9. John Marks says:

    Nicely connective Don.

  10. thankfully life is a great mystery and yet, it is by becoming that which we seek communion with that we come to know the joy of simply being, simply connecting and one thing naturally leads to another. To borrow from the movie Shakespeare in Love- how does it all happen? “I donno- its a mystery! I love that line- blessings

  11. Sandy Jensen says:

    I love the basic in and out rhythm of this poem, like the line of a wave on the beach. It’s one of the mysteries of the human consciousness that we can “trade places,” and you handle the verbal challenge deftly. Bravo, my friend!

  12. suzy bennett says:

    Beautiful and cosmic…The many ways we can feel into the world around us and be revivified….

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