More on Secrets

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Ripples and reflections on the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield. Driftwood on the beach.  ©️Merril D. Smith, 2020

Monday Morning Musings:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

–Roald Dahl

 

There’s magic in a flower that suddenly appears

unplanted by a human hand,

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This just appeared one day in our garden one day.

standing alone or scattered

to glow, new stars, comets, meteorites that fall

leaving their imprint for a brief moment

before floating away

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Delaware River at West Deptford, NJ, August 2020 ©️Merril D. Smith

on river currents, secrets of time and ghost whispers drift

on ripples

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A stone toss ripple in the Delaware River. ©️Merril D. Smith 2020

endless and infinite–

light that is always there–

 

even if we don’t see it,

like the magic of a flower,

 

the evanescence of a puddle,

a world existing in a moment—

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Puddle Reflection

clouds part and merge again

grey becomes blue becomes grey

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Water Lilies and reflections at rain garden at West Deptford Public Library ©️Merril D. Smith 2020

a mosquito strafes your face, a lone bomber

soon joined by a squadron,

 

the secret out in the open and not pleasant—

but magic moments

 

that you stumble upon,

like a secret path

 

those are wondrous, grace-filled seconds–

blink and you miss the magic,

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Deer Family at Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, NJ

but it will come again,

perhaps when you least expect it.

 

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Merril’s Movie Club: We watched the movie Dear Ex (Netflix). It’s a 2018 Taiwanese movie, a domestic comedy-drama about a young man whose deceased father left his insurance benefits to his male lover. I’d give it 3 stars. It was sweet and poignant, once you get to the backstory that explains more about the characters and the secrets they kept or didn’t know about. My dad would have been 101 yesterday. I’m sure he had some secrets that we’ll never know. He did love Chinese food though, so it seems appropriate that we ate it on his birthday eve.

We’re on Season Three of Bordertown. It’s also on Netflix. My husband and I are both really enjoying this show, and we will miss these characters once we’ve finished it. There are the usual gruesome murders and cases (but the show is good at not showing the gore or graphic violence), but we come to really care about Kari Sorjonen and his family and colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 thoughts on “More on Secrets

  1. I so love Mondays… This was definitely a magical post.
    And I learned a new word! I have to remember “strafe”! I laughed when I read that part because that is exactly how I felt the other night when I went for my after-work swim and sat outside drying off… being completely strafed by a platoon!
    Have a fabulous day, Merril!

  2. I know just what you mean about those moments of magic. Appreciating them is one of life’s little pleasures. I’ve been struck by the color of the Delaware River and how the light plays off it in the photographs you’ve been posting. It almost has pinkish undertones.

    • Thank you very much, Liz. Yes, life’s little pleasures indeed.
      Thank you for noticing the photos. I enjoy the light, too. I think it’s the reflection of sun and clouds on the water. That’s why if often looks very blue, too. Perhaps the pink is also from shallow water with the sand and rocks beneath?

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