6 DFABW – Nature


Our word for today.

Every single day I live here, I am filled with gratitude that I got to retire in such a beautiful place. For the previous eight years, I lived in an urban center and “nature” was harder to find and enjoy on a daily basis.  I wrote about it last summer. But this summer, I have many opportunities for a “balm for my soul” (as Charles Waters called it on today’s DFABW page). Here is a snippet of my bike ride this morning:


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Nature from My Bike

a bevy of quail runs across the trail
a hawk swoops for breakfast to stalk
mourning doves rise with their loves
hummingbirds dart–just a blur
a blue jay seems to call “make way”
a jack rabbit races as is its habit
Joshua trees tower around me
I applaud and thank you, God.

During each day in the months of August and September, I am responding to a different word from Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Today’s word is Nature. A small group of people wanting to make the world a better place are reading and responding together. Join us! Visit Common Threads: Patchwork Prose and Verse by Kim Haynes Johnson for more information. Here is the word list I’ll be following for August and September.