Small Treasure

Small Treasure (Baby Turtle) 024 (768x1024) (2)I followed my dogs

as they sniffed and marked

the perimeters of our so-called yard.

This yard is unkempt


by  impenetrable woodland.

Briars keep us out, but nothing stops

the wilder creatures of the woods

from wandering

the tempting territory of the tamed.

Foxes, raccoons, armadillos, possums

and the like

have left their fascinating scent behind

for fascinated dogs to find.

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This tiny wild one –

newly arrived in the tangible world –

has bravely ventured onto the path

I travel with my dogs.

Every baby has the power to move a tender heart.

My heart was moved.

And my eye was moved

to record its vulnerable beauty…

its complimentary relationship

to flower and leaf.

If only

every new life began in just this way:

beautifully vulnerable…

a perfect compliment to its environment…

Perhaps it does…


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2 Responses to “Small Treasure”

  1. Christopher Says:

    I think it does, dear Leif,

    long before the child’s face
    grows into a carapace.

  2. leiflife Says:

    Oh, Christopher… Dear friend… Thank you for your response: poetic and true. Thank you for confirmation. Again…

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