Apr 18, 2020


A Reward

Tired and hungry, late in the day, impelled
to leave the house and search for what
might lift me back to what I had fallen away from,
I stood by the shore waiting.
I had walked in the silent woods:
the trees withdrew into their secrets.
Dusk was smoothing breadths of silk
over the lake, watery amethyst fading to gray.
Ducks were clustered in sleeping companies
afloat on their element as I was not
on mine. I turned homeward, unsatisfied.
But after a few steps, I paused, impelled again
to linger, to look North before nightfall—the expanse
of calm, of calming water, last wafts
of rose in the few high clouds.
And was rewarded:
the heron, unseen for weeks, came flying
widewinged toward me, settled
just offshore on his post,
took up his vigil.
                               If you ask
why this cleared a fog from my spirit,
I have no answer.


Whatever your reward is today, or this weekend, to lift and sustain your spirits, the spirits of those around you, family, friends, neighbors, I hope you recognize and relish in that reward however momentary.  

May those moments or minutes build on whatever expanse allows your heart and mind to fill with light, hope and comfort. 


The smile of your relatives as you engage with them via a WhatsApp video call. 

The swirling steam rising from your favorite cup of tea. 

A letter in your mailbox. 

A prayer shared in your LifeGroup WhatsApp Group. 

The silly songs of your children, the chorus of their joys. 

Fresh air moving around because the breeze decided to show up. 

Tony and Mary walking hand in hand, slowly, with intent, at the Town Center. 

A quote shared by a friend, "If you don't light a candle, don't complain about the dark."

The aroma of Ana's 15 bean soup. 

Confident blue skies before the afternoon storms. 

The friendship of silence and peace. 

Drew skateboarding like a teenager out front, every flip and turn an awkward ballet only he knows. 

Deep, purposeful, healthy breaths.