May 2, 2020

For Deborah

the sun shed some light on the season
a warm reminder of spring
daylilies and ferns appear to be thriving

on the edge of the woods
berry bushes no longer barren are filling-in with
leaves and promises amid thorns

the maples and the oaks are attracting gold and purple finches
the rain-soaked soil provides an endless supply of earthworms for robins
and i am pulled into dreams unrealized set within journeys made to inspirational sites
where i walk common steps so that when i sit i can write about
embracing nature
embracing society
embracing our past
and learning how we have travelled to become us

an inward journey that
softens sounds
darkening vision
while enlightening the mind
fills my existence

i am at a point where i am aware of my lack of awareness
then the Downy woodpecker seeking nutrients
opens the doorway to my sensations and perceptions
and i am suddenly aware that many of my dreams have come true

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.