Jumping in puddles! If this isn’t JOY, what is?
I’m taking a break from travel writing to talk about the weather!
Several weeks ago, it rained for six days in a row where I live. The ground was completely saturated and squished in minor protest beneath my feet. Temporary puddles thought they had found a permanent home. After a week, there was a pause for a day of sunshine… then it rained again. It even briefly snowed! I feared we were going from summer straight into winter with only a short-lived Fall.
More than rain fell during that period of time. Autumn leaves came down too, some prematurely forced from the trees while they were still green. Others were dead and ready to fall anyway, the progression of life returning to the ground from which it came.
We’ve had no new moisture for a couple of days, but a distinct chill lingers in the air. I’ve noticed colorful leaves now float in the puddles that remain, replacing the dull, monotonous leaves from a few weeks ago. Today I caught them swimming in a reflection of beautiful blue sky. Maybe there will be a Fall after all!
Do you ever walk on tree tops;
do you skip from branch to branch;
plop a pebble in a puddle
just to watch the bent limbs dance?
Do you look down at your feet
to find the sky?
So do I!!
My poem “Dancing on the Face of the Moon” is featured on Poetry Breakfast this morning!
You can read it here Dancing of the Face of the Moon,
Just this side of midnight, I stepped outside –
an attempt to snag the tail of a summer breeze.
Slowly, a shadow crept over me.
Night turned darker than blackness itself
and I could not see a thing.
I was frightened at first, then I realized
the moon was simply trapped
by obscure clouds.
From the darkened sky, rain began to fall,
blindly tumbling to the ground.
I watched. I waited.
When the moon re-appeared,
I saw puddles on the pavement
and, I swear, they were calling my name!
Joy overtook me and I became a child.
Discarding my shoes, I launched into play;
splashing, prancing, twirling and leaping
from one wet patch to another.
To catch my breath, I slowed to a sway,
and hugged myself with happy arms.
As I bent to and fro, misty moonlight
winked at me
from the raindrops clinging to the trees.
I glanced at my feet and met the moon;
his reflection captured briefly
in the puddle where I danced.
I knelt to touch him,
a caress for the perfect partner he had been;
leading me so aptly
I didn’t even know that he was there.
We smiled at one another, then I stood
and proceeded once again
to dance on the face of the moon.