Saturday, June 6, 2009

Symphony

Have a seat, don't mind the dirt on the bank, it wipes off pretty easy. Glad you could join me, the show is about to begin.

Silence, nothing is happening and still nothing more. Air pulling in and leaving my chest is loud and then it is gone. Ears relax and catch a the first inkling of a tune. Burbles of the creek, the opening stanza. Silver flashes as fish surface amid the dancing dragonflies that have joined the stage. Their wings, green and purple oily swirls, swing as they pirouette.

Rustling leaves announce an otter sliding down the bank, flouncing into the still waters, sending cascading ripples across the expanse. Acrobatic insects put on an aerial delight, spinning in loops around each other. Still others stir among the trees, a doe pokes her head out to see what all the commotion is about. Even ancient timbers speak, groaning out the bass line.

Slowly a tear drips down smiling cheeks, the beauty, the peace, found by the edge of the creek. bravo! bravo! my silent adoration so as not to break the revelry.

Sabbath. A time to listen, reflect on voices not our own, if only we are silent long enough to hear.

14 comments:

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Ah! I think this is what you were tweeting about earlier today(?).
Thanks.

Daniel said...

I feel the wind kiss my cheek and smell the freshness of the wood. I am there and sense the majesty and feel the peace.

Anonymous said...

I need to hire you to be an associate lyricist. Do you work for peanuts? Or perhaps Peanut butter? I've both. Let's go get rich and fat.

-DF

willow said...

Ahh. Mind if I put my feet in this nice cool water?

Brian Miller said...

@willow - go right ahead

@df - love what you did with it. you are amazing

@daniel - enjoy brother.

@auntie - nah, rough day counseling. i've climbed out. better now.

Van Wynsberg said...

"if only we are silent long enough to hear." amen.

Valerie said...

You created a living picture in words which aren't apparent in a camera shot. I congratulate you for having that ability.

Cinnamon said...

Ahh, this is just beautiful. Beautiful. I can hear the music.

Dot-Com said...

Silence is always the best way to really hear :-)

Ronda Laveen said...

Listening. Ahh, a lost art. Amen.

California Girl said...

that's beautiful, Bryan.

Megan said...

We are so lucky, aren't we?

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

First visit - linked via World Ocean Day. Sat with you here in the silence and listened to the voices you made known - a most engaging visit. Thank you also for the ocean trip.

Mrsupole said...

I would love to have a creek like that nearby. One that is so peaceful and with the talk of nature to listen to. Silence from machines and mankind. Oh so beautiful.