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December 31, 2019

Susan Mulder


Reach your hand to the sky-

grab hold a fistful of the wind-

and listen.


Listen for the sands

rasp in the blow.

The roiling oceans,


an avalanche, wild.

Listen for the deep, deep,

green of primordial growth,


of animal pace and roam,

an owl’s silent flight.

Listen for the murmerings-


aeons of words

compressed in the air,

their weight holding


you fast to the ground.

Listen behind the breeze

and you may find


that moment of life.

Breath breaking its newness

and snapping the darkness


like a spark-

flint fresh and bright.



The cry.

It’s there.

To capture a world,


to breathe creation’s

oldest breath.

In flesh.


In coming.

That infant wail

shook the heavens-upended time-


can be heard.

But only if you reach.

And listen.

The featured image from the Glory Skies Series is (c) Lancia E. Smith and used with her glad permission for Cultivating and The Cultivating Project. 


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