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  • Yesterday I walked in my woods and saw the eye of a tree.

    I walked past the old rock quarry where granite slabs are mossed over and this season’s leaves are beginning to cover them.
    If monks lived here the rocks would be swept and tended.
    Porcupines used to live there.

    Yesterday I went to the lake and we paddled around the western shore.
    We went by the tall white pine where the eagles built a large stick nest near the top.
    Then we went up the stream where the water was calm and glassy.
    I was gliding through the reflected trees in an upside down world.

    Leaves were falling on the water and they lay crisp and fresh on top like little boats.

    Yesterday I went to Waldo County General to see my Father.
    He slept and woke. We talked, cried and laughed.
    He told me how much he loved my Mother.
    I know, I said.
    But I did not realize, until now how deep it goes, he said.

    He slept more and talked in his sleep.
    They brought him a bag of blood.
    While he slept the blood dripped, one drop at a time, into his body.
    And this is how our days go by, sensations of beauty and majesty, one drop at a time.

    When I went from his room to the parking lot a row of sunflowers were waiting for me.
    I thanked them for being there.
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