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A psalm of summer
It's a day full of birdsong and bloomings,
when heat has at last settled in,
reaching the extremities—
some collective, remembered fear of heat lingers—
the locusts are silenced by a low-flying helicopter, briefly.
I'm sweeping the studio floor
and some poetry in this act turns me home
to the written word:
that is—how this is the time of year
when small ephemeral spiders
scurry away from the broom
on translucent legs with invisible pinpoint bodies,
belying their presence by motion only and sunlight reflected.
To me they are the unexpectedness,
the apparent transience and swift slipping away of summer.
Is it here now? In respect, I put aside the broom,
deserting small gatherings of dirt and powdered clay
and settling dust, to reflect in words.
Can the exquisite beauty of this nowness be forever—
this warmth, this bloom, this light, this room and
all my many loves?
Can I stop time and hold always
the potential of my children, the presence of my parent,
the well-being of my spouse,
the locus of my friends and family?
In the philosophy of sense, change is the only permanence.
But I find in this shimmering moment, the reality of bliss and
Soul eclipsing time.
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To Our Readers
Mary Metzner Trammell
with contributions from Paul Sheridan, Don L. Griffith, Sharon Jeffrey
items of interest
with contributions from Bruce Lloyd, Philip Jenkins, Ira Berkow, Ann Shields, Tim Stafford
Let's end mob violence
By Rosalie E. Dunbar
SAFE IN A PROTESTING CROWD
Live and learn
By Judith Haugan Ryan
LEARNING TO LOVE READING
Jacquelyn G. F. Shay
By Shirley J. Clark Jones
Stand up for what's true about you
By Beatrice W. Reinertson
A psalm of summer
By Roselyn G. Paul
Goldie and Sam
By Claire Fisher
Calm trust in God ends flu symptoms
Child prays and is healed
Grace Abbott with contributions from Melissa Abbott
A lifetime of blessings
Robert Charles Koehler
Prayer heals severe pain
Head injury quickly healed
How I was healed of eczema
By Kathryn Jones Dunton
God and the Internet