Friday, March 16, 2012

My Garden Creed

I wrote this poem last year, when I was considering how we are largely responsible for the emotional climate in which we live our lives.  Both good and bad. I recently thought of it's relevancy in my life at present. There are certainly forces outside of our personal jurisdiction that we cannot control. But we can control our perception and reaction to those forces. Moreover, giving clear and thoughtful consideration to practical solutions is a duty we have to ourselves. While it can be a comfort to receive input and assistance from others, much of the responsibility to address life's realities, rests with us. Conversely, our solutions for others may not be practical in their reality. It is not always easy to keep a positive outlook and issue a positive response to what we perceive to be negativity. But if we can weather the storms, in a positive and constructive way, better days, and better living will come.

My Garden Creed

Transient is the dark cloud obscuring my path

Like a flower risen in an aftermath.

Sunlight will bathe my efforts ahead.

And comfort come where I rest my head.

I will bloom and grow and flourish instead.

I am the seed, and the soil, the product of my lifetime's toil.

I will bring this blustery storm to a boil.

Shed light on outlooks, cruel and kind.

And ease the blackness clouding my mind.

Away that cold front, and wall of protection.

As life is imperfect in all it's perfection.

With a breath, the winds of change will flow.

And amidst my garden growth I'll know.

With the root of a life and a leaf of faith. There is no other growing my fate.

I am the creator of life's days, foul and fine.

No one's storms to weather but mine. KK

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happier Day with Louie

I was in a bit of a sad mood ... Feeling down,  I decided to go out for a walk. Always makes me feel better. My time outside worked even better than most. I walked by one of the ponds in the front of our community.... and there was a little buddy of mine. A cute little gator,  Louie... who I had thought was lost, or hurt ....or worse. I had not seen him in months at that pond. He always loved to sun himself on the bank. Then suddenly no trace of him.  I was previously fearing that the worst had happened. Every time I drove or walked by and he wasn't there, my heart sank.

I was concerned about his welfare, because there are people who just don't know how to have respect for the rights of wildlife. I have seen evidence of animals being eliminated or removed from their home, because it did not meet the needs of the people living nearby. In my estimation, animals have a right to their own domain, in the wetlands that surround a community. Our community encroached the wetlands, home to many species of wildlife. Not vice versa. And my thought is, if people don't want to deal with wildlife, then they should not build or buy a home in an area that is surrounded by wetlands. But I digress.

Happily, there he was today, swimming around , with his little tail swishing in the pond. He stopped and looked at me for a minute, probably thinking, ' there's that crazy lady with the camera again' , lol. And then he swam on.  No drama. As long as you show respect for the sanctity of an animal's home and right to live there.... there is no worry. And thankfully , no more worry about the well-being of Louie... Happy day...  :)


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