The Light Rekindled

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The Upside-Down World: An overflow drainage pond is beautiful reflected. Merril D. Smith, March 2020

Monday Morning Musings:

“I borrowed his brightness and used it to see my way, and then gradually, from the habit of looking at the world as he illuminated it, the light in my own mind rekindled.”

–Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders

 

I walk, alone

no human voices, only birdsong.

Vultures soar above me,

social, silent creatures

gracefully catching the currents

 

 

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sniffing the air

for death on the ground,

unnoticed by us–

like those who scavenge and clean

under-appreciated, like those who serve.

 

Life blooms all around me

yellow, pink, white

petals bright against the sky

where a mockingbird perches

to sing for hours in looping trills

 

a song of love, longing, and hope

of attracting his mate,

or fending off others.

Whatever the intent,

his message makes me smile.

 

We celebrate Shabbat,

a virtual dinner with our daughters.

We light the candles, sip our wine,

cut the challah

share our lives and love through a screen,

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Virtual Shabbat Dinner

 

agreeing that we should do this again

agreeing that we are all connecting

in new ways—

I tell them I called a friend,

I remind myself to call others.

 

The sun shines

through the raindrops

a brief reminder

it is there, like a memory

it is always there

 

in a puddle

reflected

or in the sky

hidden by clouds

or by a turn of the axis–

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Sun shower–Upside-down World in a puddle Merril D. Smith, March 2020

 

even in the upside-down world

light is a constant,

if unseen

like light within a black hole

trapped

 

like a thought in a confused mind–

my mom says she’s honeymooning

with my dead father,

remembering not the anger, but love rekindled—

a bit of light in the darkness.

 

The week began with sunshine

ends with clouds and rain–

spring is a tease of

warm days and cool breeze,

but the light lingers longer

 

even while the shadows play.

 

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No movies this week, but we finished Season 3 of Babylon Berlin. It’s so good. Now we have to wait for Season 4.  I’m seeing new things in my neighborhood as I walk through it.

And we celebrated #openlocalwine night on Saturday. Doing our small part. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 thoughts on “The Light Rekindled

  1. “my mom says she’s honeymooning

    with my dead father,

    remembering not the anger, but love rekindled—

    a bit of light in the darkness.”
    This really resonated with me, Merril. Beautiful Monday musings and photos. Thanks for sharing. Of course my mouth is watering for that pizza! Wishing you a happy and safe week ahead.

  2. We are all seeing new things I think. My daughters and I have a group phone call every night. I am communicating much more with friends and family. We could get used to it.
    Your mother seems to have found a safe space.
    I love the reflections and the shadow cat. (K)

  3. Beautiful reflections (images and words!) leave me smiling. We might all put our idle time to good use following your mother’s example … letting ourselves relive precious moments, strengthening memories and bonds.

  4. I agree with Rene! Your fabulous words to go with your beautiful images. We have to look at this time as a renewal of sorts, a chance to look at things with different eyes, to open ourselves to new experiences (like group chats!)
    Wondeful, as always, Merril.

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