Peace Enveloping Today Like Sunlight Over Tents and Trees

and after getting dressed,
my siblings and I sit
around and say
"Good morning" to the
grandmothers on their
morning path to lose
a few pounds.
 
As Mom starts breakfast,
the smoldering smoke and
scents of burnt hot dogs and
propane-stove pancakes
cater to any appetite at
random hours of day.
 
Later, oval caverns are
etched onto our faces
again and again, so we grab
books and read away
a lawn-chair day.
 
Before dinner, we
clamber into swimsuits
and race to the beach,
where the lake breathes
and sighs in lapping waves
and pebbles, while the
gull that rocks on a buoy
cries its troubles to the
silent sun
 
As night begins to calm
the world more,
I gaze at the aging
sky and find the clouds
are moving with us
leisurely, relaxed beyond
wind and time.

Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.