Notes from the Waxhaws

Another road

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“The sweetest song is silence that I’ve ever heard” — Bernie Taupin, These Dreams

There’s another road appearing…out of the mist…completely unexpected. Another stage in the grieving process? It will surely be my time soon…but not quite yet.

another road

This morning, there was ice on the windshield of the car. But…this evening…sitting on the porch…absolutely still…complete silence…complete bliss. I look for any movement in the trees…not a single leaf moving. Birds…a flash of gold in looping flight…a goldfinch. Bluebirds literally falling out of the cedars into the grass below. Mourning doves sweetly calling off in the distance. Potted columbine, dianthus, and jasmine against a pile of unused winter firewood…a geranium with pink blossoms…a Japanese maple…patiently waiting to be planted in this gentle season.


Across the road, in the pasture…Randy’s goats standing on hind legs against the fence…reaching for fresh leaves…with the golden sunlight slanting on the grass. A dreamlike…chilly evening. An airplane arcing silently through the blue sky above…golden in the setting sun…and then disappearing without a trace. Grace unfathomable. Tears in my eyes…grateful.

Written by Jim

April 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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