Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sleeping Beauty


She paused for a long, cool drink,

hopped on a hot rock,


and closed her eyes

for a while.

The sun’s warmth

on a Spring afternoon,

the distant drone of a lawn mower,


and a waterfall’s pattern of endless rhythm behind her

bubbling and uninterrupted,

put the girl into a deep slumber.

Ah, but I understand.


I would not dare startle,

backing away

silently and slowly

I whispered


“Peace be still.”


Wendy said...

Lawn mowers? Yikes, we still have snow! What beautiful pictures you take, Mary! And how sweet of you to back away and let the cardinal take her nap.

Q said...

She is having a bit of a rest before nesting....a spa day at Mary's perhaps.
Wonderful to see your post.
Happy Spring,

Beth in NYC said...

So sweet! I just hope she wasn't an easy target for the local raptors! (verification word: eadshist)

Murr Brewster said...

Good lord, dear. Do they just come to you? I'll bet they do. They do, don't they?

WPgirl said...

What amazing pictures Mary. So good to see a post from you. I can almost hear the trickling water.
Lynda in Michigan

Julie Zickefoose said...

Oh, how endlessly sweet.
Perfect marriage of words and images.
Backing away from a creature at peace: the naturalist's challenge and triumph.
Love you.

Connie said...

What a gift.

Anonymous said...

You captured her stillness wonderfully. Love
Kathy in Delray Beach

RuthieJ said...

Aw Mare, she's so sweet! I'm glad she felt comfortable enough at your day spa to relax AND that you were close by with your camera to capture these lovely shots.

PJ said...

What a capture! awww, we all need to feel our senses relaxation. Thank you for reminding us!

Kerri Farley said...

How wonderful!

Julia said...

Mary, such beautiful pictures of her exquisite feathers. Happy to see your latest post as well.

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Linda said...

Hi Mary,

An amazing, beautiful post with fantastic photos!

Mary said...

Beautiful photos.

Susan Ellis said...

Beautiful, and that you understood her need to bask if just for a moment, doubly so. You're a warm soul.

JeanMac said...

Oh so touching - as usual

Anonymous said...

The napping shots are so precious!

Pure poetry, Mary!

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dmmgmfm said...

Photos still as amazing as ever.

Anonymous said...

So sweet...I love cardinals!

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Mother B said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!

Eva Wilson said...

Very beautiful pictures.

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