I sat last evening and looked across –
no, through the yard and marveled -
what light and life and space is here!
On one plane -
I threw a Frisbee for Pete and Mimi.
Their wonder was the arc of flight
and the fight for ownership.
On another plane -
The birds jostled the feeder.
They chortled, clicked, fluttered …
branch, perch, across the meadow to the pines.
Still, in another plane –
A frenzied swarm of gnats.
Their wonder seemed the cool air currents -
Whirling in a vortex and sweeping upward.
Entering, from another plane –
there came a squadron of dragonflies, dipping.
They gnashed and clicked their way
Darting through the swarm.
Mimi stopped mid-play, stopped and
watched what she could not compete with.
Her look of wonder mirrored mine, I’m sure.
I sometimes pause when I shower.
I stand and think in the steam –
Just stand - thoughts follow invisible planes
The water runs down my nose –
falls to the shower floor.
I watch the path of the droplets the entire way –
through space and time and thought to the spatter.
Sometimes my life is in focus.
-Susan Miller-Lindquist 3/20/13