Friday, December 23, 2011

Home Grown Christmas

We have always been the type to buck tradition and make one of our own. A euc branch donated by the wind came already decorated with pods.

*painting by Bryce

Pottery by Eric

and me

A few birds

and insects

voila! A California Christmas....

and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let’s see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named

*excerpt, "The place I want to get back to" by Mary Oliver

Have a wonderful holiday,
grow where you're planted, xo Ro