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smoke and sunlight

July 30, 2012

in the midst of moving madness,

my creative soul called a time out.

i brewed myself a pot of coffee, carried it upstairs,

and sat down at my writing table with a journal and a pen.

i lit a stick of incense that a dear friend had sent

and was immediately transfixed by the ribbons of smoke dancing in the sunlight.

i took dozens of photos in the hope that at least one could convey the silent beauty

and meditative quality of these ghostly apparitions.

the smoke rose on both sides of the stick,

creating two columns that twisted and intertwined in ever-changing directions

before finally dissipating.

my science-mind told me that the visibility of smoke

indicates the presence of particles drifting through the air,

and i wondered where these particles go when i can no longer see them.

do they fall as gracefully as they have risen?

do they hang suspended, aloft in currents of air just as dust motes

we see only when backlit by the sun?

i love to ponder the mysteries of such ordinary things.

in so doing i realize that there are no “ordinary” things,

that all of life is intricate and incredibly complex

and worthy of study and contemplation.

as such, the world and everything in it is a gift to every living being,

we needing only to be attentive to it and grateful for it.

it’s a lovely thought, that one.

i am as rich as any man can be

in being awake to the wonder and beauty of all that surrounds me.

for this, i say

“thank you”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 10:52 pm

    my heart is about to pop from all the magic and joy in this post.
    yeah: science mind versus what our souls know to be true.
    you’re one truly amazing woman and i’m so glad to know you and your “ponies”….

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 31, 2012 4:18 am

      you are such a wonderful, affirming friend.
      it means the world to me that you continue to come here and be a part of my life.

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