Once again it is Lent, and one can sense that Spring is near. So this poem that tells of the February rains. We do need the rains this year in Northern California (near San Francisco) where I live. It's been a dry season and every time it rains, as the weatherman says it will do tomorrow as a storm is coming, everyone is happy.
My apartment gets Eastern sunlight and through another window in this junior one bedroom I can see Westward towards the small mountain Tamalpias and get a look at the sunset: Morning sunrise, in the evening an idea of the sunset. What more can one ask of than such light.
This poem was written some years ago and appears on my blog, which since its creation and latest incarnation on Blogger, must go back well past 2008. (Ten or more years?) I'm adding these notes now this 2009, since I see no notes from when the poem was first posted.
The cat is taking a snooze, the new miniature roses on the deck are showing their flower, and at this time of day around 4:30 p.m. it feels like all's well.
This Lent I am reading "The Glenstal Book of Readings for the Seasons," also a small book by Morehouse that is serious titled, "Prayers for Penitents" by Jennifer M. Phillips. I go lightly with the book.
Spring is not so distant, Easter will be here.
Harmony of Seasons: Spring
by Peter Menkin
February rains descend,
weigh light upon the land
bringing sparkle, refreshment
needed this season.
The air is clear, lies close against
the season's turn towards Spring
as sense and signs awaken
the sleeper in me: Arise.
I must yield to the rhythm of earth.
Open my heart to mercy for others.
This rain refreshes and aids the call to live;
be swift, my mind,
to gain the harmony of good weather,
a gift for us, this returning and renewal.
Audio reading of the poem by the poet is here:
Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.
Copyright Peter Menkin
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