When hope is not pinned wriggling
onto a shiny image or expectation,
it sometimes floats forth and opens.
~ Anne Lamott
My day was like a scavenger hunt, searching for something to fit today's photo prompt, "shiny." It seems that nothing is shiny on an cold, overcast day in early spring. Not the thousand seagulls in a barren field of corn stubble.
Not the dull rocks on the shoreline, nor the slowly melting lace at the lake's rim.
All day, I sought a ray of sun in the sky, or something colorful and brilliant. Knowing that the woodland offered only her familiar palette of browns and greens, I headed out with Micah for our afternoon hike.
We headed to the place where dozens of birds sing, hiding in boughs of green cedar, to where the creek weaves like a ribbon, through the broad flat expanse of the cattail-cluttered swamp.
where the roots of the trees sit on top of the earth,
drinking from water that reflects the sky,
I questioned my own assumptions.
Perhaps, on a cloudy day,
it is not true that nothing is shiny.
Perhaps, the truth is that beneath those silver skies,
luminous and incandescent,
as if lit from within.
With the soft sheen of an icy rain upon us,
perhaps even Micah and I shine a little bit.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you hope.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Photo A Day Challenge which I participated in the whole month of March. The last prompt is "outdoors." You may read about the challenge here.
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