these busy scarecrows also work part time as my grandies.
“though it has no thought of keeping watch, it’s not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the corn field.”
– Dōgen, Japanese Buddhist – Kamakura period (1192–1333),
my favorite season – fall has arrived
Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,
the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back
from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere
except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle
of unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This
I try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when Autumn
flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – how everything lives, shifting
from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.
~ Mary Oliver ~
image credit: Lumber Jane, Madame Cupcake@etsy
a family penguin is down, but not out.
“you take a crash, you get back up and next time you succeed and that’s a great feeling.”
*Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder and musician. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder, and has won 10 ESPY Awards.