Our simple seeker was enjoying, or might have
been enjoying a glorious summer afternoon on
her precious patio.
A late bluish-purple clematis blossom was
stretching as open as she could go –
determined to absorb the gently moving air
It seemed to sense, as did the lavender,
which also was blooming later than usual,
that their time was running out, at least
for this season.
A second blooming, or was it a third, of
pink and yellow – a name – how could she
have forgotten? But, of course, she had not.
It had merely slipped away, for now.
However, the beautiful blossoms had not
slipped away, yet.
Fuchsias and geraniums seemed also to know
that these lazy days of summer were coming
quickly to an end.
The light-filtered green canopy above her
would soon dry to glorious reds and golds
and the leaves would flutter down, or
be torn loose and blown down or away.
It was inevitable. Nothing could change
what destiny had planned and what fate
seemed only too willing to help bring about.
Aren’t we getting a bit morbid?
But, it is going to happen and nothing
can prevent it.
Why would you want to prevent Nature doing
what Nature does every year at this time?
The slow dance of light and shadow
is as silent music that the eyes alone
can hear; and the perfume of
the gently moving air feels so good
to inhale that deep breathing is
more as a delicious indulgence than
a required meditation practice.
It seems to connect me to and within
this precious setting.
Then, why are you sad?
It isn’t enough to have it now.
I want and need to experience it
tomorrow, next week, …
And you have no control over the deadline.
It’s a helpless feeling.
Do your loved plants share your sorrow?
No. They seem to have accepted whatever
will be, and are happy to be enjoying
what now is, a glorious afternoon.
What lesson could they teach you,
if you were willing to learn it?
To enjoy what we have, while we have it,
even while accepting that it isn’t ours,
Yes. Not only is it not ours forever,
as far as this pleasant weather
is concerned, it may be gone tomorrow.
Are you predicting stormy weather?
There will always be stormy weather,