not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

Monday, July 23, 2007

July 23rd

Where the Sidewalk Ended: pictures later this week...
Leo, Andreas, and I just returned from a lovely weekend at the beach with friends. The wibe was excellent. Great conversation, quiet moments for reading and dozing and beachcombing, delicious meals together at a big table with lots of lively conversations and laughing and passing of dishes. Fellowship. I loved it so much. This morning, early, there was a knock on the cottage door where Leo, Andy, and I slept. I opened it and our friend Lynn greeted me with a big full of love happy birthday hug :) Then mom called. It was awesome to hear her voice today. After a big groggy but still lively early breakfast with our friends, we headed back to Colombo. Stopped at the old Dutch fort in Galle (1663 is OLD). Bought some old lookin' coins supposedly found in shipwrecks by master divers from the Colonial times. They were in a recycled butter tub so they might be fake but they're really cool looking and we didn't break the bank on them so, it's all good :) It would be cool to have them carbon dated someday to see if they're real.

I turned 33 today. I feel happy about that.

Last night the rain spoke to me


Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Mary Oliver

1 comment:

MaMa Gast said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Sweet Lady! I am so glad it was a good one filled with family and adventure. Wishing you a year of successes, strength, peace, good health, love and much much good juju!