Monday, October 26, 2009

Daily I drive the winding tree lined roads to work. There is so much beauty this time of year that it is all I can do to take it in. I watch amber leaves spin and swirl their way to the ground and I imagine that each one carries a secret message of love from God to me. In the mornings I take the back roads to my grandmas house. As I reach the top of one hill I slow the car to a crawl and watch as the dew settles slowly in the cracks and crevices of this piece of earth I call home. As I drive home in the evening the sun golden and warm glitters through the trees. I feel lucky to be alive and to be here in this time and this place. I read a poem recently by Lisel Mueller titled "Alive Together". The opening line is " Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when I might have been alive with anyone under the sun,". Lisel goes on to recount a list of "others" that her life could have been and ends with this

"alive together with marvels and follies
and longings and lies and wishes
and error and humor and mercy
and journeys and voices and faces
and colors and summers and mornings
and knowledge and tears and chance."

For me, in this moment, it is enough to be alive together with you.


Kristen said...

You find the best poetry, Sandra...and write some of it, too!

aola said...

I agree with Kris... I don't even like poetry but I love the excerpts that you write on here.

A couple of years ago we had the prettiest fall colors I've ever seen in Oklahoma (kind of dull this year) and on a trip to McAlester one day I could hardly keep on the road for gazing out at the beauty of it. I can't imagine what it is like up there.

Sandra said...

Thanks ladies! The poems I've quoted lately have come from the book "Twenty Poems To Nourish Your Soul" selection and commentary by Judith Valente and Charles Reynard.

R said...

beautiful new layout.