Water and the Word: Creeksong

February 24, 2020

On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
(Leviticus 23:40) 

 

 I journey to the woods as often 

as I can, because it is there that I learn 

about and am reminded of who I am. 

 

By the creek, taking in the scene 

with full sensory receptivity, I can glimpse 

life’s ebb and flow, no matter the season, 

my heart’s ears parched 

during summer’s droughts, 

my marrow’s tongue singing 

fall’s rainbow creeksong,

my mind’s eye calmed 

with winter’s tranquil sufficiency,

my soul’s knees quaking 

in the downstream rush 

of spring’s abundance.

 

I journey to the woods as often 

as I can, because it is there that I learn 

about and am reminded of whose I am. 

 

© 2020 Todd Jenkins

 

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