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Green Portal

Earth Window - Glen Shiel

Wide wondering window of life
When will I comprehend?
That it is only when I ascend
And stand at faith’s green portal
Beyond all fretful, empty thoughts
Firmly planted on the wild good earth
And owning all vast dominions above
That I can be as a child again
Finding myself happy and fearless
For only in this place do I come around
Knowing I’m home…where I belong.

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary

Image: Glen Shiel, Scotland, S. Michaels 2008

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In the Green Wood

Green woods, Scotland2008 SMichaels

Below hewn hills
Rushed footfall slows
Falling silent, waiting
Where the lone eagle soars
Where winds dip low
In the deep green wood
Something eternal here
Fills and soothes the soul
A longing to be real
To listen and be still

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary
Image: S. Michaels 2008, Pine forests, Scotland

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Moon Girl

ice-covered willows free-desktop-backgrounds.net

She wanted to play
As in green childhood days
Bendable as a willow
Never allowing time to slip
Or to be chipped away at
But making the most of things
Like those treasures hidden away
In the glass Mason jar
Fingering each item in it
Small wonders, she’d held
As a girl of ten or so
A key, slightly tarnished
For an unknown doorway
She knew she was the same still
Unfraid to treasure little things
And to reach for the moon

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary

Image: Ice-covered willows free-desktop-backgrounds.net

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November Hours


On hand painted satin skies
Wild geese thread silvery south
Around the bend the river slows
Rushing currents touched with snow
Sweet candlelit hours swoon
Scented iris, patchouli, and lily
Brightening short days with green
Scented as gardens in fullest bloom
And down the lane November treads
A powdered path of pearls underfoot
Shaping the first perfect snowball
While night skies swirl and sing
Of shepherds, angels, and glorious things

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary

Image: scenicreflections.com (winter sky)

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October Muse


Bare autumn branches
Chilled blue-slate skies
City geese lingering
Readying to fly

Air sharply bracing
River running slow
Evergreens stand silent
Cold north winds blow

Golden leaves rustle
Fires burning low
Black fields abandoned
Pumpkins all aglow

Prairie grasses silver
Gilded fast by frost
Summer days departed
Loved yet never lost

Were it not for seasons
I might never know
While the earth a’slumbers
Miracles can grow

Greenest days may disappear
As birds upon swift wing
Wintry winds may howl and roar
But summer always sings

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary

Canada Geese photo, st.gdefon.com

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Somewhere Uphill


Coming home this time
Old wars left behind
He was the same guy
Just an ordinary Joe
But changed inside
Hearing a voice aloud
Urging him to move on
Like dawn striking
Truth, carved in stone
Crushing shadows
Touching velvet hills
Going against the grain
Running on wind
Stretching limbs long
Constrained memories
Erased by action
No matter how it hurt
He had dared pull back
Tattered battle curtains
Drums rolling far off
As rains fell, grace
Washed valleys of loss
Gaining him new ground
Unexpected greenscapes
Somewhere uphill
Life had regenerated
He understood this
He was trending freedom

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary

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Darkening Sky

by Mukesh Mishra, wallpapergang.com
Perched, like a bluebird
Sky-blue fluffy hoodie
Windblown hair loosed
Flattened against plexiglass
She’s always riding the bus
Texting at red lights
Soaring through green
A girl in love with life
No worries, not like the guy
Next to her, all stringy hair
Mumbling to his walker
Too young to be so old
Jumbling nonsense words
A bluebird, broken-wing’d
Brown eyes. Gutter-black coat.
Is he crying or laughing?
She’s unsure, in his blue cap
He seems an echo of herself
And yet she is full of hope
Against a darkening sky
Dancing off into sunlight
The street guy’s face
Sticks with her, an enigma
Becoming a prayer

© 2013 S. Michaels
Green Light Diary