Here’s a little rhyme to lighten the load:
there is more to this life than a spit in the eye
the misery melts when you look to the sky
and see like a child the wonders up there
the magical mysteries that fly on the air
birds and bats and bugs of all kinds
and clouds that twirl, twist and unwind
remember looking through your own young eyes?
every new thing you saw was a sort of surprise
a caterpillar crawling across your palm
wasn’t just a bug, but a new friend you had found
your life can be more than a spit in the eye
the wonders, still there, wait for you to stop by.
© Jim W. Smith
Beside our driveway, near the trees, she sits high on her perch waiting.
The north wind blows hard under her belly. Her keel is dry and the tiller useless. Wind and waves mean nothing to her now. Like a lungfish, she lies dormant waiting for the water to return.
I’m not sure why it saddens me. Perhaps it’s the waiting. She’ll sail again, but for me waiting isn’t the quiet game it use to be.
Still, it won’t be long and her keel will touch water again. Her helm will answer and we’ll beat to windward, racing against the waves; then fall off to grab a beam wind and fly across sun soaked water. At days end, with the wind at our backs, we’ll quietly push to an island and sleep for the night.
That day is coming. In just a few months the snow will melt from her bow and the westerlies will call us.
We’ll fly again, her and I, but for now we both wait for Spring.
Just to lighten things up a bit, here’s a children’s story/poem I’m working on….
Animal Wisdom by Jim Smith © 2013
I saw a crazy bird flying’ upside down.
I said, “Hey, aren’t you worried you might hit the ground?”
He said, “No, cuz I’m looking up at the sky
and I like to look where I like to fly.
And who says I’m the one that’s upside down?
I’m lookin’ On High, you’re starin’ at the ground.
Then down the road a little bit later
was a laughin’, splashin’ alligator.
He made so much noise all the fish swam away.
I said, “Hey, aren’t you worried you won’t eat today
He said, “Naw, I’ll have dinner a little bit later
Ain’t you never seen a happy alligator?”
And then I saw a big woolly lion
He was flappin’ his arms and tryin’ to fly.
I said, ‘Hey crazy lion you know you can’t fly?”
He said, “Maybe not, but I’m willing to try.
You know, man thinks he knows what can’t be done
so he never tries, and that’s half the fun.
An elephant was sittin’ on a log
Just starin’ at the stars and talkin’ about God.
I said “Hey, how do you know God is real?”
He said, “I’ve got a big heart and I know what I feel.”
He said, “The gator and the bird and the lion too
They all had something to say to you.
You’ll be full of joy if you look On High
But you’ll never know, if you never try.”