When We Grow Weary

Pick Me! I am Beautiful
When I grow weary of the people world,
I turn and look out the windows toward the river.
There is generally a party going on and
Blue Jay is the organizer.

My laughter comes shortly after a freshly fallen snow
with the ground trampled looking like 
a troop of step dancers gave a performance,
coming from every direction. 

Deer are the pre party arrivals
eating the leftovers from yesterday’s fete.
Preferring to graze in peace, they
wander up from the river, a well warn trail.

Blue Jay takes position at the feeder
flicking out one sunflower seed 
after another. The pile beneath him grows.
The call goes out. The festivities commence.

Squirrels are the first to arrive,
half a dozen or more happily noshing on
all that Jay offers. Now a dozen turkeys
skuttle in, not ones to miss out on a giveaway.

The gathering brings out flirting as the 
Spring mating season begins.
A bit of heckling breaks out with two turkeys
chasing in circles around the feeder pole. 

A proud puff of feathers emerges, 
a strutting competition as faces turn blue. 
Expressing lack of interest, the female turns her back,
then leaves the party early for the neighbor’s yard.

We spy a new rabbit enjoying 
a nibble next to Cardinal. Fox has
not been invited but one never knows 
when she might slither in and crash an event.

Finches, chickadees, and woodpeckers, 
guests that prefer the food served 
in an upper tier, tussle amongst 
themselves for space. 

From this view, I feel laughter, calm,
playful, curious, kinship, and joy.
No words needed. 
Simply being in the life before me.

I turn back to the people world, 
refreshed and ready to meet the day.

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

Lord Byron

“…Content is the wealth of nature.”


On Going Resource List

  • The Four Agreements: A Toltec Book of Wisdom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Mindfulness and Grief by Heather Stang
  • How We Live Is How We Die by Pema Chödron
  • The Bhagavad Gita, Translated by Eknath Easwaran
  • St Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation by Mirabai Starr
  • Wild Wisdom Edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • Earth Prayers From Around The World, Ed by Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon
  • The Tao of Relationships by Ray Grigg
  • Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue
  • Unconditional Love and Forgiveness by Edith R. Stauffer, Ph.D.
  • Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Art & Fear by David Bayless & Ted Orland
  • Quantum-Touch by Richard Gordon
  • The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Persons Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, PhD
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
  • Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living by Janis Amatuzio
  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman
  • Violence & Compassion by His Holiness the Dahlai Lama
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

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