Saturday, May 12, 2007


BEING MIRACLES


Climbing up the mountain road these Spring evenings at the hour of not quite dark, when all the sky is like a throw of velvet reflecting a distant light, almost as if you could reach up there and trail your hand among the tiny, brightening stars...

At about this time the sun-warmed earth, still damp from recent rains and now blanketed with the cooling air of day, sends out from all its secret palaces the richest of its fragrances, that ride on the air I rise through as I climb... All the perfumes are there, if you have the time...

Who knows how they come to be, these spices of life for each inhalation - cinnamon, oregano, thyme, it is a long list - it holds a hint of chocolate, of tea, there is apple, gardenia, mushroom, living earth, coffee, musk... The moments I pass through are rich... The night is an ancient acquaintance...

For whom does the night send out its secret perfumes, but those who can sense them? And why is it so? In the night, as in the day, it is to say in fragrance that all is interwoven, that none are apart. In each of these nights we are given to sense the miracles around us, all the more finely to perceive and enjoy the miracles of ourselves.

7 comments:

Trace said...

Oh my Robert. Wonderfully written. I can almost be there...

Joy Des Jardins said...

My senses are full...thanks to your beautiful words Robert...what a nice gift.

Anonymous said...

Bravo. Carmen

Mary Lou said...

just last night I did the same thing. I could catch just a whiff of something wonderful on the night air, but I could not place it. I think it was just a combination of all the scents that are around at this time of year. And Here, EVERYTHING is blooming at once, which is unusual. Lilacs and wisteria, and Rhodies and late tulips and roses, and just plain old GREEN stuff! AHHHHHHHHH

Winston said...

"...the night is an ancient acquaintance..."

What a wonderful metaphor!

annie said...

"trail your hand along that silken feel among the diamond stars..." I can feel it. You have taken me there beautifully and enhanced my appreciation of the miracles.

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