A Thanksgiving at “Swan Lake Nature Observatory”
So thankful of the times me and my dog
would roam around in muck of swampy lake
a chance to play in mud for playing sake
to walk out in the early morning fog.
So thankful when the birds lift up in flight
their wings upon a panoramic view
upon the brightness of the morning dew
the contrast of these wings upon my sight.
A seasonal reminder of repeat
every Autumn I search for gratitude
around the shore of every local lake.
This year I walk without a dog to greet
my solemn thankful change in attitude
prepare a time, in life, of give and take.
As I stand behind warehouse I give thanks
to the lake and the valley in my view
where Heron stands alone within the blue
some smaller songbirds feed on muddy banks.
Within the Fall underbrush near my height
I peer alone into a cloudless sky
avoiding muck not even asking why
I walk through swampy land as if my right.
This Fall I carry with me so much thanks.
I am thankful that I hold an income
so thankful I am able to provide.
I try to keep away from season’s pranks
by observing this animal kingdom
and riding upon natural tide.
So thankful for this tall and sturdy reed
that stands before me as I tread a path
where down below a Loon enjoys a bath
and Cattails open to release their seed.
It seems as days grow colder coffee warms
my hands and heart as I inspect the mud
I notice how my shoes collect the crud
to contemplate how one survives such storms.
So thankful to relive these moments here
the peace and calm I find upon the trail
alone and happy with my state of mind.
As step by step I walk away the fear
with thankful heart I know I will not fail
to understand the quiet I will find.
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