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IMG01374-20100929-1143A Walk Down to the Lake

Deadline days

fill my mind with words and work

and give me tunnel vision

So when a small break between projects opens up

I fling myself down the hill from my house toward the river,

the lake, the wild flowers, slow turtles, grasshoppers leaping from the path

renewing my mind, reminding me of dust from which my thoughts rise up

grounding me again in divine words of beauty

then I climb slowly back up the mountain of ideas

and settle in for another season of writing

and this time I take a stretch of blue sky in shimmering water

fading greens of September

and the buzz of a thousand insect conversations

with me