#20 decembrance 2018

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At the beginning of my evening walks I have to remind myself to pay attention. There are the crows in the trees clothed in the night. Or do I see the small boats of milkweed pods?  Perhaps I'm missing the imaginative loops of honeysuckle.  As my rhythmic footsteps take over the logical part of my brain, darkness gathers the leaves into a quilt and in the architecture of trees I find rejuvenation in our crazy world.

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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 yet. 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.

--Barbara Crooker, "Praise Song"

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