Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Shining things...

I'd rather not write about the blizzard raging outside, turning the calendar back to February. Instead, I've decided to share these lovely photographs Haiku took late in March when spring was a shining hopeful thing. I also want to celebrate one of the most precious shining things in my life, my daughter Senryu, who is celebrating a birthday this week.

When Senryu was a tiny baby, she would fight sleep each evening, until exhausted from crying, she would finally let go of her intense involvement in each day. While she cried, I would rock with her, back and forth in the beautiful rocking chair that Limerick bought for me the Christmas before she was born. I would comfort her with music, in that special crooning tone that mothers save for singing lullabies... somewhere between a whisper and a song. What follows is are the lyrics to a song I wrote for Senryu one night just as her eyes drifted closed and she slipped softly into her dreaming hours.

Sweet sleeping angel,
may peace guide your dreams.
May beauty surround you.
May your laughter give wings
to your spirit which dances
and with grace overflows.
May you wake each new morning
with joy in your soul.

I can only hope that she finds joy in her soul each morning, but there is absolutely no doubt that her spirit has wings. Happy birthday, precious Shining Girl!

photos of sunlight on the lupines, & sunlight on the lake by Haiku, March 29, 2007
poetry by Aisling


Rapunzel said...

Aisling, please send Senryu my own best wishes for a happy birthday and a year filled with blessings! What a lovely song you wrote for her, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful memories.

Vicky said...

It's sad, isn't it, that the young plants have to suffer the cold just after being brave enough to peek from the ground. We're not having the snow you are but will have four or five nights of hard freezes. I just finished covering as many plants as I could and I'm not sure it will help. Knowing you, you probably made a hearty meal and are now all warm and cozy inside while looking out. =)

Aisling said...

Rapunzel, I will pass that along! Thank you for your nice comments. It was fun to take that stroll along memory lane. :)

Vicky, I didn't get out there and cover anything, but I wish I had! I just wouldn't have known where to start. Everything is so tiny and tender right now! We did have a warm filling dinner and stayed cozy in the house with the woodstove burning, all day. Today however, we have places to go and people to see and then snow rages on! Brrrrr!

Senryu said...

*wibble* Kaa-san, I made the mistake of singing it outloud. And it was a mistake, because I could hear YOU. And so now... *wibble*

Much love. Very much love.

Aisling said...

Senryu, Sorry to make you *wibble* but glad you can still "hear" and remember that song. Much love to you too!