Riverly resting along…..

I lay awake and watch the stars dip low and call me out onto the porch
where I lay down my resolve to sleep
so early that the moon hides still behind the house,
the bright quiet of her shine
crisping the only edges of the yard and dusting the treetops with silver.
I wish for poetry but feel only dull;
the tired of me can’t rise to dance in the beauty rolled out here.

Until I lean the tiniest lean – just a slight nod of spirit
into the hush-away from all my questions humming.
Shhhhhhh – rest here now for just this breath.
Rest.  here.  now.
And as I breathe and then breathe again,
click goes my heart and open it swings
to this ordinary moment,
showing up like a weary traveler
to the unremarkable slice of time happening just exactly now.
The present.

I wonder how many friendly welcomes I’ve rushed on by,
feeling like a stranger in an even stranger place
just because I’m clinging stubborn to the season passed,
the one I’ve known and loved.

Breathing here,  now,  feels truer.
I can feel the changes work the rough edges of me over until I smooth
to the road that I’m on
and so the travel goes lighter.

And if I go quiet enough I can hear her,
river flowing~flowing~flowing
singing love that rolls over fallen things
and quick around stones that won’t be moved
and when they clash she sounds like music
and it lifts me,  too,
above my broken down ways
until I’m riding a new rhythm
into the living I’ve yet to do.

“I think there ought to be a little music here:
hum,  hum.”
– Mary Oliver


  1. Elephants Child on September 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Such a wonderful, wonderful discovery – to lift all of our hearts and wings.
    Many, many thanks.

    • jennifer on September 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Full of wonder, indeed:) Thanks for sharing your wings over here;
      always it lifts mine.
      Grateful hugs,

  2. Julia on September 8, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    You always find such beauty in ordinary moments and you make our hearts dance with your observing soul.
    The new season will have so much to offer and I know you will be ready to welcome it as simmer goes into hiding.
    Hugs, Julia

    • jennifer on September 11, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Grateful for your dancing heart and the words you share here, Julia.
      And the hope you speak for the future – this sets my own heart to moving
      in a glad and grateful way:) Also, cheers to Summer moving on along now:)
      Thanks and hugs,

  3. jeanie on September 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

    You have such a gift in language and added to your deep, beautiful soul and whole sense of observation and feeling, it makes every post you write incredibly beautiful. I’m not ready to say goodbye to seasons past but I’ve learned I really don’t have any say in it. Mother Nature works on her own schedule and to her own whims.

    • jennifer on September 11, 2019 at 11:10 am

      I so appreciate the encouragement, Jeanie; you’re so kind to reach out and say.
      I love that our lives have seasons and we’re so often in one season and someone we
      know and love are in another. It makes for much more interesting business, this art
      of living:) Cheers to seasons and the waves we ride:)
      Love and hugs,

  4. Suzanne McRae on September 9, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Very uplifting. Thank you for sharing your ways with life and your wisdom. It truly nudged something inside of me. ❤️

    • jennifer on September 11, 2019 at 11:08 am

      I’m grateful for the nudge and love how we’re able to do that for one another.
      Sweetness:) I appreciate you so, Suzanne. And WOW! about the art that is coming
      out of you these days. Sooooooo much soulful beauty:)
      Thanks and hugs,

      • Suzanne McRae on September 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

        Thank you dear Jennifer. It’s been an interesting creative journey to have plunged into a deep end. I’m learning how to swim in the process of taking daily steps. Thank you!! So much love. xoxo

        • jennifer on September 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm

          I love how you go big or go home! It encourages me so; I’ve cheered you on
          so hard this year in a quiet way in my world:) Go, Suzanne, go!
          Big joyful rest to you,

  5. Patty Hight on September 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

    So needed these beautiful words my beautiful friend.
    Love you!

    • jennifer on September 28, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks for saying, Patty; I appreciate your kindness always
      and send you loads of love and prayers for sweet joyful rest,
      Jennifer (Jenn Jenn)

  6. Susan on September 14, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Oh, these images are glorious! and now when I read your wonderful words I hear them clearly in your beautiful voice and that just makes them even more special.

    • jennifer on September 28, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoy:) Thanks for rooting me on always, Susan; you’re such a gift
      and I appreciate you big:)
      Big riverly rest to your beautiful heart,

  7. Gwen Lilly on September 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Love-ly and wonder-full and generous words as always~~and I am loving that exquisite illustration, Jennifer, a compilation of beautiful things to make us smile and give us a lift, heart~in~hand~crafted by you. Thanks for being YOU!

    • jennifer on September 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks, Gwen:) I appreciate your kind encouragement and the neighborly stop-by to have a read:)
      You’re such a life-long gift of encouragement to me and I appreciate you much!
      Big joyful rest to you,

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