31 Days of 2002: Day 20

September 2, 2002 Tawatana

A blistering afternoon

Full of sweat and noise and small children


Cave-cool water

Slipping over stones

And I on my back,

My ears underwater,

The world silent and cool.

I open my eyes to

A clean-scrubbed sky

Shifting palm leaves

Sheaves of white orchids

And pure praise

For water

For palms

For orchids

For me, here and now.

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