Crow at @marget.inglis_witchcraft asks, what are the markers of the turning of the seasons for you. Not public holidays or specific festivals, high days & holy days, but those moments when you notice a change every year.
Here are mine for our house and garden in southern Ontario:
If we saw the brain As an elaborately folded flower Containing thought bees Nestling among the petals Searching for nectar We might think of the soul As the roots of that flower Drawing nutrients from the river mud.
See the world as a rabbit sees it. Wide angle view, Not straight ahead As a predator sees, But sidelong, as prey animals see.
Long shadows, Tall grass. Noting every hiding place. Ready to bolt At the first sign Of predators. Each breath taken Short and shallow. Darting from shelter To shelter. Grass here, Lettuce there. Sun is warm, Earth is kind.
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