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Reflections on a Peaceful Morning

Carol A. Hand

As I sip my morning coffee
A gift from above
A delicate snowflake
Settles on my dark glove

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As I gaze in wonder
Gentle breezes blow
Lifting it to join others
On the blanket of new fallen snow

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The whisper of snow, of wonder, delight
This peaceful moment will linger in my spirit
Perhaps through these simple words
Others will hear it

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(All Images: Microsoft Office Clip Art)

Sending blessings to all…

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Reflections on a Winter’s Day

Carol A. Hand

A crispy leaf crackles on the crusty snow
As the west winds of the winter morning blow
Accompaniment to city traffic’s steady drone
As I sit drinking my first cup of coffee, thinking, alone

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Photo: Sparkling Snow (Pixabay)

As the sun breaks through the clouds, transforming hardened snow
Into a field of rainbow sparkles on the blanketed earth below
My heart touched with hope that even on the darkest day
Gratitude will reveal blessings, an inexplicable inner peace to light the way

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Reflections of Winter Sun

Carol A. Hand

I awake as the sun streams through my bedroom window
Setting the morning aglow
On a peaceful Sunday in December
Blessed with a new layer of crystalline sparkling snow

I’m so grateful for these most precious gifts
As my eyes open on another day
Another chance to live and learn
Another chance to show I care through what I do and say

The sun of winter on sparkling snow
Silence of an early morning before others rise
These are the things I miss most in the city
Their presence today a wondrous surprise

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Photo: Winter Sun (Pixabay Free Image)

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A Simple Dream of Peace and Beauty

Carol A. Hand

This morning I awoke from a strange but peaceful dream
A late-blooming lilac with rich-rose colored flowers stood before me
I turned away for a moment and when I looked at the lilac again
It had transformed into a tree with green-edged golden blooms
Filled with golden birds munching blossoms
I couldn’t tell what kind of birds they were, golden finches or grosbeaks
But the golden blossoms and birds set my heart aglow

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Photo: Cassia Fistula (Wikipedia)

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Photo: American Goldfinch (Wikipedia)

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Photo: Mexican Yellow Grosbeak (Wikipedia)

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Photo: Southern Yellow Grosbeak (Wikipedia)

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Photo: Evening Grosbeak (Wikipedia)

This dream reminds me that there is still so much beauty in the world

Enough to lighten even the darkest times and the shortest days of a northern December

 

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Why Are We Here?

Carol A. Hand

There are questions that I still cannot answer after almost seven decades on the earth. Still, I feel it’s precisely those questions that are the most important to continue exploring. Recently, I’ve been thinking about something Neil deGrasse Tyson shared on one of the episodes of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey. His deep, poetic words are important reminders to remain open to the inexplicable mystery and wonder of life, to be honest enough to admit what we don’t know, and to question everything we’ve learned, especially if it comes from sources that claim to know the one truth.

We were born into a mystery,
One that has haunted us
Since at least as long as we’ve been human.
We awakened on this tiny world
Beneath a blanket of stars,
Like an abandoned baby left on a doorstep
Without a note to explain where we came from,
Who we are, how our universe came to be.
And with no idea how to end our cosmic isolation.
We’ve had to figure it all out for ourselves….

We hunger for significance,
For signs that our personal existence
Is of special meaning to the universe.
To that end, we’re all too eager to deceive ourselves and others…

(Neil deGrasse Tyson (2014), Episode 3 – When Knowledge Conquered Fear)

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Photo: Night Sky

Sending you all wishes for a wonder-filled day.