Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nothing Happened Today

Nothing happened on my portage to the big lake

Nothing happened when I walked through the greenest of grass and tucked under the cypress tree

Nothing happened as I passed the western red cedar where the ground is bare earth except for iridescent moss

Nothing happened on the paved switchbacks where the sun filters through summer leaves that are staring at the coming fall


Nothing happened on the shore of the big lake where the smallest of waves slap the sand under the warmth of the sun


Nothing happened as I paddled north one thousand, two thousand strokes on the bluest of water, my right side in the glow of the sun and my left in the long cool shadow of fall


Nothing happened when I saw the first tiny long necked grebe of this fall


Nothing happened at the big lodge where the kingfisher perched over the tracks and branches that mark home repairs for the beaver


Nothing happens when I stop on the edge of the beaver forest, my entry barred by low water, but my view allowed to pass
unobstructed

Nothing happens when I turn to see the nicest man watching me and we talk about stuff for 20 minutes.


Nothing has returned my spirit to its proper place

3 comments:

Kathleen Faulkner said...

I cherish your 'nothing'. Beautiful post!

EWN, Seattle said...

Ah - the fertile void! Thank you, Scott.

ellen said...

beautiful Scott- your journeys are important reminders to others. Thank you.