early bright benediction

rays of light undulate through

purple clouds – a cold wind

swaddled

by a sky set ablaze

white blades of grass –

frost hardened from night’s chill,

suffer without complaint

my lungs rise and fall

in steady rhythm –

purging,

embracing

and a raven regards me,

his thundering stillness my own –

with silent affirmation

he flies

© Tara E. Wisnewski Janisch and Rugged Earth Blessings, 2012-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original poems, essays and photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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