Post #65: Virga

The way that it works, the way it has always worked, is that I stay still.  Very.

Cozy and cocooned, safe and snuggled.  With my eyes shuttered my mind flows  from dream to dream, riding the undulating wave  from the tangled woods of Maine to  the angled streets of Paris. Wrapped in an afgan of imaginings I am there even with my feet firmly planted.

But today, in truth, HERE I AM.  For once, so unteathered, so very far away. A balloon slipped from grasp, a fighter kite sliced from string, a glider fighting for a gasp of wind.

An army of images marshaling themselves to animation all at once, I am overwhelmed at  the banquet.

Unfamiliar and uncharted territory indeed. Lost and lonely.

A swath of yearned for sights is arrayed before me.

But at the ruins of Pompeii I am dazzled by hearty nubbled bark of the  Mediterranean Pines. A flit of brilliant green by the Spanish Steps: a ring tailed parakeet!  At the magnificent palace of Casserta I spy the delicate mound of the sand wasp. Their home.

Looking up I spot it. Oh, there it is! It’s one of the rarer sightings.  Fleeting tendrils flowing from the billows of cloud. A virga!

Looking up, I somehow see the faces of yearned for loved ones bathed in light.

l look upward to look inward. Miss you all. Home soon.

 

 

 

 

Post #64: From the Tips of My Fingers

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The universe spun from the tips of my fingers. It loomed large in a tiny room at the museum.  All it took was a few cranks to set it in motion!  The solar system itself would start to whirl and swirl  and spin as all the planets would begin their personal pirouettes from speedy Mercury to sluggish Saturn.  All around the sun, calm and gracious, but always and ever unmoving.

I’ve been home for a long time. I wanted to be here. I was lucky to be here.  A loved and lovely slightly tumbled down house.  Lived in and deeply beloved.   Miraculously held together with duct tape and spit, scrambled full of everything from pop-up books to Pokemon cards. A warm cooky smell  always clinging to the air.  If you listened carefully you’d hear an entrancing cascade of crazy rhythms,  the gentle strumming of a mandolin or perhaps the low down sound of the blues.  Enter through the red door to find us all.  You’d know just where to find me.  I’d be at the center of everything, stirring at the stove.

But the planets keep moving, as just they should.  So exquisitely beautiful to watch them all spinning!  But just to watch?

What’s out there to find? What’s out there to see? What’s out there to do?

Open the door, down the steps, around the path. You have to look up. Of course  I look up.  There it  is!   The warm  embrace of the sky. Oh! It’s as if time stretches and pulls itself open before me.

Will it destroy the laws of physics if my heart and mind remain at the center of my private little universe yet still soar on their own?

Perhaps in this case, the sun does in fact move.

For the first time, in a long time I wake up in the light.  And my head, my head is suffused with dreams!