Morning. . .
This morning I followed my usual routine. I splashed cold water on my face,
made coffee, and took my cup out onto the veranda. The sky was palest
blue-gray-lavendar, nearly white, backlit by the sun behind the thick clouds.
Mist hugged the earth, dragon's breath, turning some of the trees that
sage-ish, more-gray-than-green and making others a bright, vibrating green. The
usual morning choir of cicadas was silent in the dimness, the night crickets
still singing mutedly. The birds were hushed too. My spirit expanded and
relaxed and sighed with deep happiness as I sipped my coffee and let myself be
absorbed into the mists. . .
A little while later, after breakfast, I went out again to leave what remained
of the morning meal for the neighborhood strays and fill the bird feeder. Now
the sun, a little higher and stronger, had thinned the clouds and mist some.
The sky was bluer. The mist looked like thin veils made of pearl, shining with
that muted rainbow light, as pearls do. The trees and plants looked as though
they had been hung with nets of diamonds as the sunlight prisimed through the
moisture clinging to them and making hundreds of sparkling little points of
And I was caught up, soaring into pure joy. . . . .
"The mountains, rivers, earth, grasses, trees, and forests, are always
emanating a subtle, precious light, day and night, always emanating a subtle,
precious sound, demonstrating and expounding to all people the unsurpassed
ultimate truth." Yuansou
FROM: Over the hills and far away. . .
The way to do is be. Lao Tzu
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