NO, everything hasn’t stopped. The trees have become green and are creating shade. I see birds flying. No ornate birds, pigeons, sparrows, finches, catbird, cardinals, starlings.
The tomatoes are growing, not yet ripe.
Not everything has stopped. In the middle of the night we breath. I hear the fans.
And if you don’t look too closely, too hard, there is hope. but you need to be kind.
Smile behind the mask and think they will see you.
I am waiting.
From the street I can see the bright red of the tomatoes.
Birds are wet and silly from the bird bath
And bees in and out of the home.
Restaurants are opening on the street – it looks like a fair
Will you know me after
In the shade or summer sun.
I will smile at you
Summer, high skies and spirits – blue, blue and white clouds on the mountains
Our favorite walks
Evening found on the grass
The summer swimming pond!
DAY-DREAMING ALMOST SPRING
SEA AIR QUIET A MEDITATION FOR PEACE
THE AIR IS HOT AND STILL EVEN ON THE WATER
ARE WE UNDER A SPELL UNDER A MOON-FILLED SKY
We sail quietly back to the harbor, filled with the sounds of the water, bells, seagulls.
A remembered peace for today.
Was I drowning? Over and over – How far down – The wave took me – Like the smallest of pebbles – I saw light- Through half opened yes – Was Oddly calm – Afterward terror – Remembered – Scraps of a line – You can’t tell the horizon – Caught in the waters force so – It owned me entirely – Could not, should not reach – Over and over – How beautiful the light – Blue- Mermaid – Sea grass- Heard no rushing – And then out – on the rough sand.
BY: Linda Kampley
A One-Act by Linda Kampley. Presented by American Renaissance Theater Company (
http://www.americanrenaissancetheater.com) WinterWorks 2016. With Kam Metcalf, Nick Garr, Carla Brandberg, Robert Quinn.
Photos by Michele Becker