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I actually first wrote this almost 2 years ago, but it still sounds true today.

Today I am grateful for:

the melting snow
the return of chirping birds
a safe, warm, comfortable home
healthy children and husband
jobs that want me to work for them
the dance of the geranium’s leaves in the rising air from the radiator
the conversation of nature outside my kitchen window
a world of ideas to explore and examine
the boughs of the pine tree gently swaying in the breeze
the milky grey light as the morning begins
the calm of a new day

(c) Lydia A. Schultz 2015

I hate how the upload losing the formatting.  Plus, nothing I have tried seems to correct the problem.  Oh well.  Here it is without the proper format.


The Inchworm and the Heron

On my son’s shoulder sat the inchworm,

Having hitched a ride into the sanctuary.

The eulogy progressed.

I gently coaxed it

Onto a Torah cover,

To bide its time

Until I could help it

Return to its world.

It measured the cover’s perimeter—

Up down, up down—

At the corner it stretched out

Sightlessly      reaching



A life carefully measured,

Centered on words of wisdom

Trying to find connection



When we went to leave

It had vanished, lost to view.

At the cemetery we mourners




Struggled to strengthen our earthly ties,

Reaching out, looking helplessly,

For what had been lost

Over our heads a heron

Crossed the sky

Effortlessly     floating



Might rootlessness be desirable?

Might the ceasing of striving be purposeful?

Above the confines of earth

the heron soared.

Given we just had snow (7 inches) yesterday, I thought I would share a poem that talks about natural wonder.  Although I now live in Minnesota, I find myself often returning to my hometown and Pennsylvania when I write.


Natural Epiphanies


Among the smokestacks, buildings,

pollutants, steel,

of my childhood town

God was an abstraction,



But camping in wild hills

of whitetails and hemlock

I could feel God’s glory.


The stretches of wild blackberries and huckleberries,

The shimmering aspen leaves,

The coy May apples under their umbrellas,

The delicate sassafras leaves in their threefold variety,

Black-eyed Susans, lacy Queen Annes,

Grasshoppers dancing ahead while we walked.


            The profusion of it all —


Racoons seeking refuse

Newts under rotting logs

Groundhogs waddling beside dirt roads

Wild turkeys raising a ruckus in the brush

A bull snake, crushed and broken on the road,

Her eggs exposed for us to see

Spiders in their webs in the corners of outhouses.


Here I could imagine a god

using these places as a palette.


At my first camp job,

I escaped the children and routine.


            My blaze orange poncho glowed,

rain dripped on my glasses.

I moved through an impressionist painting.

            Light trickled through leaves

Wet grasses brushed knees

Brambles grabbed at sleeves

            Low branches swiped at my face.


            Until —  suspended in time, rooted in place —


            Poised, we stared at each other

            Breathless, that instant captured us

            Knowingly, our eyes shared understanding


Then the deer bounded off.       

I was alone, connected.


Now, deceptive stillness

fills the urban yard.

Snow covers brush piles

Pine branches fill with snow

Oak limbs create abstract patterns

of hoar frost in the sky.


            But life spills out with of a shimmer of sun.

            Chickadees, feathers puffed for warmth

            Squirrels, scavenging acorns

            Blue jays, on alert

            A grey rabbit, peeking through shrubs

            A cardinal, singing flamboyantly

            Snow-suited children, exploding with energy.


Here too, amid the trees,

I seek the ineffable —

on my face, I feel the wind

bringing me

to what is.


Copyright (c) Lydia A. Schultz