Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lazy Summer Day in Spring - Omer Day 37

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

hot summer day
in spring
plans gone awry
sitting in the shade
beside the river
relishing the breeze

moving closer to the water
near the river's edge
startling --
less than a foot away
a frog
not budging
looking straight toward me

sitting, one in front of the other
wondering what the frog sees

very still
I sit
and still
the frog

then gazing up the river
looking back
the frog slightly shifted to the left
and then again
and again
yet remaining
among the grasses
at arm's length

of slow-moving river
gentle breeze
and summer-spring heat
bits of this and that
floating on water's surface
lazily heading toward the ocean
aboard this north-flowing river

a pair of kayakers
paddling downstream--

exchange of greetings
on this lazy summer day
in spring

laziness creeping into my bones

a Tom Sawyer kind of day
or a Huck Finn one
not a real day

a rest different from Shabbat

a taste of Gan Eden - of Paradise
all around
but also within

deeply content

a question

is this revelation

on a so-very hot summer day
in spring

Today is Day 37, which is five weeks and two days of the Omer.
Today is Day 37, which is five weeks and two days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network.

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