Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments on my Poetry Friday post last week! I’m glad you enjoyed hearing about springtime at the pond. The tadpoles are visibly bigger than last week, and this week we learned that they’re not the only younglings in the pond.
One day as we approached, we heard more croaking than we've ever heard before. As we neared the pond, we found out why. Two young salamanders and an adult were actively swimming in the deep center of the pond. One of the adult frogs was sitting in the reeds near the center of the pond croaking frequently, and more tadpoles than we had ever seen together were clustered in the shallow water near the edge of the pond.
It's fascinating getting these glimpses into the world of this pond. I'll continue to share updates from time to time, especially when we see our first pollywogs.
Even though yesterday was a holiday here, it’s been a busy week for me. When I get busy, meditation and poetry help me feel anchored in the present moment, so today for Poetry Friday I’m sharing an excerpt from one of my favorite mindful poems, from the anthology Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, edited by Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson.
The poem is “Instructions for the Journey,” by Pat Schneider. I love everything about this poem, but these lines feel particularly applicable as I look back over the past few years:
“The world, too, sheds its skin:
politicians, cataclysms, ordinary days.
It’s easy to lose this tenderly
I love the end of this poem but I won't spoil it here. You can read the full poem and hear a recording of the author reading it over on her website.
This week’s host for Poetry Friday is Irene Latham over at Live Your Poem.
I wish you all mindful moments in the coming week!