Woven baskets
grasses -10 feet high
and the sun-lit finch
above my head,
my soul soars higher.


Clifty Falls

to be wrapped in tree
canopy of loving arms
leaping waterfalls

not easily mapped
Spring wildflowers search for light
rocks bridge ancient past

Clifty Falls rushing
towering beneath my feet
stand still spirit breath





you, feathered friend
the only way to be

you come and go
leave a note
wander on your way

the joy you leave
a constant companion
hear the melody?

away, down yonder
where the cattails play
and the dogfish stray
and the heart longs to stay.

Picture:  Tree Swallow.  Handsome aerialists with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts, Tree Swallows are a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands across northern North America. They chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight. Tree Swallows nest in tree cavities; they also readily take up residence in nest boxes.