(Summer Peace Chant by me)
Today, we stood in the swift waters of the creek with our children. As we sang together, the breeze swirled around us, scattered raindrops kissed our shoulders, and then the fire of the sun peeked out of the clouds to warm our skin. Standing there together on the wet rocks, where the water emerges fresh from the body of the earth, we felt immersed in a union of the elements.
And, as we let our black-eyed-Susans float down the stream, we whispered a prayer for the togetherness for the many families of the world. May we all know peace, love, connection, community, and freedom.
I watched a brilliant green snake
twine sinuously through an ash tree
moving with such skillful grace
across the branches
it almost became invisible
in the dappled
I felt the sun soak into my skin
picking wild raspberries
with sweat shining my shoulders.
I sank into ice-cold water,
where the earth gives
birth to the river.
I gathered a handful
of rose petals
and stood facing the horizon
considering the possible.
This can be summer